Born in Los Angeles to a chess champion mother and film director father, Mitchell spent his childhood in New York City and Miami. At 17, he left high school to join the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. Following the war, he and his new bride, the former Jean Wallace, moved to Pasadena, where Mitchell graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in physics.
He spent his career as an electrical engineer, working on projects related to space exploration and the development of computer technology, specializing in the design of computer chips and networking hardware. After retiring in 1992, he became a volunteer educator at NASA Ames Aerospace Encounter in Mountain View, the Explorit Science Center in Davis, and the Gold Country Community Center in Grass Valley. He conceived and managed the "Sixth Grade Challenge," a community event to raise funds for public schools and the community center in Grass Valley.
He is survived by daughters Karen Almich of San Clemente, Calif., Deborah Bain of San Francisco, Lisa Bain of Elverson, Penn., and Julie Jeffs of Nashville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Explorit Science Center in Davis, www.explorit.org/
A memorial service for Dorothy Miller, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, July, at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos. A Mountain View resident, she died June 19 at age 91.
Born in Englewood, Colo., she attended the University of Northern Colorado where she met Robert Miller. They married in 1940 and raised a family in Denver. Dorothy was a secretary for the Denver Public Schools and Wellshire Presbyterian Church before retiring to San Diego. Dorothy moved to Mountain View in 2003.
Dorothy's faith was strong and she volunteered her time to the service of her church and in reading to schoolchildren, family members said. She was an avid symphony and theater patron, and a breast cancer survivor.
She is survived by sons, David Miller of Palo Alto and Robert Miller of Vacaville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
GianMaria Manganelli, 29, of Mountain View, died June 18 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
A 2005 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., he had been working as a pilot and flight instructor at West Valley Flying Club in Palo Alto. Raised in Mountain View, he went to Santa Rita Elementary School, Egan Middle School and Los Altos High School. He could be thoughtful, kind and gentle yet, spirited, adventurous, hilarious, witty, brilliant, his family said.
He is survived by his parents, Susan Roberts-Manganelli and Sauro Manganelli; brother, Simone Manganelli of Mountain View; grandparents Barbara and Lester Roberts of Palo Alto and Giuliana Rossi of Pescia, Pistoia, Italy.
A celebration of Gianni's life was held June 25, behind his parents home. Visit visit Facebook's "In memory of Gianni Manganelli" page to share memories. Donations can be made to Embry-Riddle's endowment fund under his name at alumnifidelity.com/GianniManganelli.html.
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