“Roland Thornton May was born May 5, 1930 to Edgar H. May and Ruby T. May in Atchison Kansas. Roland grew into an avid student. From an early age he was interested in electronics. Once, as a child, he accidentally broke the family radio while playing in the house. His mom and dad were understandably upset. By the next day, he had repaired the radio. It was in perfect working order.
“He was also a student athlete. At Atchison High School he excelled and lettered in track and field, and in football.
“During the Korean conflict, Roland interrupted his university education to enlist in the armed forces. He served tours of duty first with the United States Army, and then with the United States Air Force.
“After his honorable discharge, Roland resumed his university studies at West Coast University, where he earned a BSEE degree. He also attended the University of Southern California.
“On September 1, 1959, Roland married Ethel of Rosenberg, Texas. They settled first in Los Angeles, where their son Marlin and daughter Vanessa were born. The family then moved to Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley.
“His working career was spent in the aerospace industry as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed to a multitude of projects for the nation’s defence and scientific achievement, including the B-1 bomber, the Maverick missile, the F-14 Tomcat and the Space Shuttle.
“Roland was a voracious reader of philosophy and science fiction. He enjoyed technology, sailing, fishing, gliding, classical guitar and civic volunteering. He volunteered for organizations including the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster, Junior Achievement, the Lake View Terrace Improvement Association, the YMCA, and the Friends of the Lake View Terrace Library. He also volunteered at the Pacoima and Veterans Administration libraries.
“Roland was preceded in death by his sister Isabel H. May-Hambric, his father Edgar and his mother Ruby.
“He is survived by his wife Ethel, his children Marlin (spouse Ron) and Vanessa, an aunt Francis and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.”
It took me quite some time to post this about my dad. I guess it is still taking some getting used to.