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John Bolstad

John Bolstad, age 66, died suddenly of unknown causes. He was found in his Livermore home on July 16, 2013. Renowned for his exquisite taste in fine cuisine and knowledge of the arts, Bolstad was a lover of classical music and the opera. He grew up primarily in Boone, Iowa and St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and graduated with a BA in Mathematics. He left the Midwest in 1968 to attend Stanford University where he had been awarded a Fellowship. There he received his Masters in Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science. Bolstad's employment history includes Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory as a Staff Scientist, California Institute of Technology as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Physicist in the AX Division. He retired from LLNL in 2008 with 23 years of service. Bolstad is survived by one brother, James (Josephine) Bolstad; two sisters; Mary (Gordon) Peters and Susan Owens, five nephews, one niece, two great nephews, three aunts, and eight cousins. A private memorial service will be scheduled in Decorah, Iowa at a later date.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 29, 2013
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