John S. Southworth ’38 of Burbank, Calif., died November 8, 2010. He was born in 1915 in Lake Huron, Mich., but in 1922 his family moved to California, where he attended Glendale Public Schools. John was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Mines and graduated with a professional degree in mining engineering. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in 1943 was sent to Caltech to earn a master’s in meteorology. John started his career in Nevada gold mines, but later moved into constructing dams in California. He also did survey work for other mines before moving to Burbank to work for Lockheed as an aircraft structural engineer. In 1972 he moved to Rockwell to work on the space shuttle in the same capacity. John was an avid historian, and wrote numerous articles concerning western and mining history. His book, ‘Death Valley in 1849: The Luck of Gold Rush Emigrants,’ went through four printings, and the fifth edition was published in 2009. John’s wife of 58 years, Helen, passed away in 2000. He is survived by two sons, John and David; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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