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Community - September 11, 2019

Obituary: Bard Battelle, longtime Portola Valley resident, SRI electronic systems expert, dies

R. Bard Battelle, who raised his family in Portola Valley and worked at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) for 30 years, died on June 10 at the age of 93.

Battelle and his wife of 66 years, RoseAnn, built a home in Portola Valley'sAlpine Hills in 1957, according to his family. They moved in the early 1990s to The Forum Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, where Bard Bartelle was editor of the monthly newsletter and enjoyed participating in music programs, his family said.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended local schools there before joining the Army in 1943, his family said. He was assigned to the First Radio Squadron, and his first assignment was to install new VHS radios in P-47 aircraft in the New Guinea theater of the war.

His next assignment, his family said, was aboard an instrumented B-17 aircraft as a backup radio operator during flights to Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands to measure the buildup of electron charges on aircraft when flying in snowfall. His final assignment was in a team of four enlisted men and one officer to monitor the installation of new radio and navigation equipment in C-54 aircraft at East Coast airfields.

After his service, he completed his education at Ohio Wesleyan and MIT.

Battelle worked for the Air Force at Wright Field Antenna Lab in Dayton before joining the staff at SRI, where he became an expert on Soviet Russian Electronic Systems, his family said.

In addition to his wife, RoseAnn, he is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth (Alan Nicoson), Sarah (Patti Barnes), and Martha (Benjamin Baab); and three grandchildren.

There will be no public services, his daughter Sarah said.


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