Franklin Howard Olmsted
Nov. 23, 1921 - Mar. 14, 2015
Resident of Palo Alto
Born in Los Angeles to Franklin Osburn Olmsted (b. Hartford, Connecticut) and Geraldine Ines LaFetra (b. Santiago, Chile), Franklin was joined by twin brothers Richard and Gerald in 1930. In September 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, graduating from Pomona College in December and, in June 1945, began training for amphibious landing in Japan. In August, Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended all that. He went to work for the USGS in 1949, married Jean Morosco in 1955, and earned a Ph.D. in geology in 1961. His USGS work involved groundwater studies and later geothermal research studies; beginning in 1977, he coordinated geothermal studies for all Water Resources Division geothermal projects. He retired in 1988, continuing to work as a USGS volunteer until 1994 and then as a Foothills Park volunteer, clearing trails and invasive plants. He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter and son Ann and Warren, brother Richard, and many friends and relatives who miss him dearly.
Friends and family are invited to an informal gathering 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Church (McFadden Patio), 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
Published by San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 25, 2015.