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Drexel III, Charles Francis  
Inventor and engineer Charles Francis Drexel III, passed away at his home on March 26, 2015 at the age of 91. Chuck is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 49 years; four daughters: Lynn Spellman, Lisa Dunlevie, Melanie West and Susanne LeBrun; 8 grandchildren; 3 greatgrandchildren and sister, Kathryn Dickerson. Born in Washington DC but raised in "one-store town", Yellow Jacket, Colorado, Chuck rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He graduated from high school at 15 and entered the University of Colorado in 1939, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating with honors from CU in 1943, he moved to Los Angeles to work for Lockheed, before joining the Navy. In 1946 he returned to Los Angeles to work for Garrett AirResearch and earn a Masters in Engineering from UCLA before founding the first of several companies in 1958. In 1959, he and a partner formed Tylan Corporation with $5000 from Chuck's personal savings. Two early inventions were used in the Apollo moon landing piloted by Neil Armstrong, but Tylan's flagship product, the first analog mass flow controller, became a key component in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, spawning an industry of its own. Over the next 20 years, Chuck served as president and CEO of Tylan, setting up companies in England, France, Germany and Japan, eventually taking the company public in 1980. In 1987, he left Tylan and formed DXL USA, Inc., inventing the first digital mass flow controller, which added 3 additional patents to his career total of 21. Chuck served as Chairman of the Southern California Export Council from 1978-1981, was a founding director of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI) in 1979 and its president in 1984 - 1985. In 1991, he was honored with a University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the area of research and invention. Having lived on the Peninsula 61 years, Chuck and Carol have been long-time, active supporters of the Norris Theater. Chuck served on the board and the couple were honored as the Valentine Sweethearts in 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Norris Theater or Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 16, 2015
Dysart, Kenneth Ross  
Kenneth Ross Dysart After an adventurous life, a great day, and one of his favorite dinners with his wife of 63 years, Ken Dysart died suddenly of a heart attack at home on March 13, 2015 at age 88. A retired Captain for American Airlines, Ken's love of flying began as a young man. Born in Portland, Oregon, on December 23, 1926, his family moved to Spokane, Washington, where he soloed on his 16th birthday, earned his private pilot's license at 17, and gained his commercial and flight instructor's ratings at 19. After serving in the Army at the end of World War II, he resumed his colorful flying career as a flight instructor in Montana, a bush pilot operating Dysart's Flight Service in Alaska, an early-passenger DC-3 co-pilot for Panagra in South America, and as a private pilot flying Vincent Astor's Grumman Mallard in New York. He joined American Airlines in 1953 and flew every type of aircraft from Convairs to 747s until his retirement 33 years later in 1986. Ken continued flying privately out of Torrance Airport where he owned several planes, one of which he built from scratch. It was while flying for Panagra that Ken met the love of his life: Olive Redfearn, a stewardess for Pan Am. After a long-distance romance, Ken and Olive tied the knot during a 24-hour layover in Panama. They lived in Lima, Peru before returning to the United States in 1952. Ken was an avid golfer and a 50-year member of the Los Verdes Men's Golf Club. He was a fun-loving, no-nonsense character and consummate storyteller who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and traveling the world with his family. His favorite destinations were fishing villages in Baja and the Reno Air Races. He is survived by wife Olive; daughters Kim (Doug) Anderson of Lakewood, CA, Kristy (Tim) Foster of Boulder, CO, and Holly (Mark) Wyman of Pacific Palisades, CA; grandchildren Kelly, Chad, Amy, Danny, Jessie, Jack and Charlie, and extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held for Ken at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field), 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, California 90505 ( www.wmof.com ). For further information, contact Holly at 310-454-2046 or hollywyman@verizon.net. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 12 to Apr. 22, 2015

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Drexel, Charles  
Charles Francis Drexel III Inventor and engineer Charles Francis Drexel III, passed away at his home on March 26, 2015 at the age of 91. Chuck is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 49 years; four daughters, Lynn Spellman, Lisa Dunlevie, Melanie West and Suzanne LeBrun; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. Born in Washington, DC but raised in "one-store town", Yellow Jacket, Colorado, Chuck rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He graduated from high school at 15 and entered the University of Colorado in 1939, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating with honors from CU in 1943, he moved to Los Angeles to work for Lockheed before joining the Navy. In 1946 he returned to Los Angeles to work for Garrett AirResearch and earn a Masters in Engineering from UCLA before founding the first of several companies in 1958. In 1959, he and a partner formed Tylan Corporation with $5000 from Chuck's personal savings. Two early inventions were used in the Apollo moon landing piloted by Neil Armstrong, but Tylan's flagship product, the first analog mass flow controller, became a key component in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, spawning an industry of its own. Over the next 20 years, Chuck served as President and CEO of Tylan, setting up companies in England, France, Germany and Japan, then taking the company public in 1980. In 1987, he left Tylan and formed DXL USA, Inc., inventing the first digital mass flow controller, which added 3 additional patents to his career total of 21. Chuck served as Chairman of the Southern California Export Council from 1978-1981, was a Founding Director of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI) in 1979 and its president in 1984-1985, and honored in 1991 with a University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the area of research and invention. Having lived on the Peninsula 61 years, Chuck and Carol have been long-time, active supporters of the Norris Theater. Chuck served on the board and the couple were honored as the Valentine Sweethearts in 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Norris Theater or Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 16, 2015
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