Obituaries

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Andrew “Andy” Dubois passed away peacefully in his sleep in late February. 

He was born on the family ranch near El Centro, Calif., the third son of John Lamont and Isabelle Oakley DuBois. 

His education began in a one-room schoolhouse and ended with degrees in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. 

He served his country in World War II. During that time married Aliton Marsh. They had four children: Jennifer, Barbara, Amanda and Emily. 

Andy’s working career began at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) working on particle accelerators and ended at LBL working on the two Keck telescopes on Mona Kea in Hawaii.
Andy and Aliton divorced in 1962 and in 1966 he married Rosemary Brandes. Their daughter Julie was born to complete his “treasure of daughters.” In 2008 Rosemary succumbed to Alzheimer’s. 

But Andy never stopped growing and learning. To his children he seemed to age backwards, getting younger, more open minded and even more fun as the years went by.He was a shining example to us all. And, to quote a son-in-law, “he was the best man I ever knew.”

A memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Alameda. Those interested in attending should email aodubois@mac.com for details.

Jean L. Oliver Patterson, 93, passed away peacefully in Alameda on March 7, 2019, in the presence of her family.

Jean was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 10, 1925, to Thomas D. and Florence Arends. Jean’s father was a Presbyterian minister, so the family moved frequently around the Midwest. In 1946, Jean married Jack Oliver and continued to move around the country numerous times during his career in the Army. They divorced in 1978 and she moved to Alameda. In 1983, Jean married Roger Patterson and they enjoyed 24 years together.  

Jean resided in Alameda for more than 40 years, 20 of which she spent working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After retiring in 1995, she volunteered as an English tutor at Woodstock School. In her free time, Jean enjoyed playing and watching golf, rooting for the 49ers, doing crossword puzzles, drinking red wine and working out with her personal trainer. She also loved to travel, taking trips to Europe and Alaska with her family.

She is survived by her three children: Marilyn Thomas (Joel) of Brentwood, Susan Godfrey of Alameda and Steven Oliver (Stella) of Manteca, her step-daughter Sue Patterson of Alameda, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has one living sister, Patricia Barry, who resides in Sacramento. 

She was preceded in death by her two husbands and her sister Muriel “Terry” Arends. 
Her energy, sass and love of life will be sorely missed by her friends and family.  

George Yiu-Lang Luo, 83, died March 2, 2019, at his nursing home in Oakland. George was born April 16, 1935, in Guangdong, China, the eldest son of Luo Kung Ming (father) and Lin Hui Mei (mother).

Following the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949, George, 14, accompanied his father to Taiwan, where he graduated from the China Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He worked as a military engineer in the Taiwanese Marine Corp, rising to the rank of major and station of liaison officer for military arsenals. George married Amy Jui-Yen Fan in 1962. The couple had two children.

George retired from the military in 1969 and moved his family to Indonesia to join his mother, brother, Lee Jin Liang, and stepfather. 

He came to the United States in 1971 to study at the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a masters in business administration. With this business degree, George returned to Indonesia and became general manager of a textile factory. He retired in 1980 to join his family in San Francisco.

During his retirement, George developed a passion and expertise for Chinese astrology. He presented his findings at lectures in San Francisco and New York. He enjoyed the many visitors at his home for consultations on their astrological charts.

George is survived by his wife Amy, daughter Anna of Sunnyvale, son Philip of Alameda and grandsons Carter and Edward of Alameda.

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