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Dr Delbert Harold McNamara

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Dr Delbert Harold McNamara

Birth
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death
9 Jan 2014 (aged 90)
Utah, USA
Burial
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA GPS-Latitude: 40.2979852, Longitude: -111.6461287
Memorial ID
123130021 View Source

Dr. Delbert "Harold" McNamara
1923 - 2014
VETERAN

Early Life: Harold was born on June 28, 1923, in Murray, Utah, to Delbert H. and Florence Evelyn Williams McNamara. He became fascinated with astronomy and history as a boy. He also enjoyed sports and, in high school, debate.
Life's Work | Service | Interests: Harold's studies at the University of Utah were interrupted by service as an Ensign in the United States Navy in World War II. After a severe attack on his ship he was given survivor's leave during which time he married the love of his life, beautiful Elmeda Robison, on February 21, 1945, in Palo Alto, California. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple one month later. They enjoyed heaven on earth for over 50 years before Elmeda's sudden passing in 1996.
❦ After the war, Harold enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his bachelor's degree, doctorate, and a post-doctorate research fellowship. Harold and Elmeda were blessed by the births of their three children during this time.
❦ Harold began his career at Brigham Young University in 1955, retiring as a professor of astrophysics over 50 years later at age 83; yet continuing to publish. He edited over 200 volumes for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and contributed over 100 scientific journal articles on his own research. One of his latest articles will be published posthumously. He received many honors and awards including the George Van Biesbroek Prize from the American Astronomical Society (2000), Karl G. Maeser Research Award (1966), and Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Excellence in Graduate Education (1982-83). His work allowed him and his wife to travel to many foreign lands.
❦ Harold was a good and gracious man who encouraged his family and others to learn about the world and treat others with respect and kindness. He served faithfully in various callings as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a dedicated a home teacher. Delbert Harold McNamara passed away on January 9, 2014, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, after suffering a massive stroke the previous day. He was 90 years old.
Survived By: Loving children: Marilyn (Bruce) Gurney, Susan (Dave) Comish, Jay (Mary Lou) McNamara; 18 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, all were blessed by his generosity and example.
Predeceased By: His dear wife, Elmeda; his parents, and his brother, Van.
Arrangements & Obituary: © 2014 | Berg Mortuary of Provo
Services: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Location: Oak Hills 9th Ward Chapel | Provo, Utah
Burial: East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
Bio compiled by: Annie Duckett Hundley

Dr. Delbert "Harold" McNamara
1923 - 2014
VETERAN

Early Life: Harold was born on June 28, 1923, in Murray, Utah, to Delbert H. and Florence Evelyn Williams McNamara. He became fascinated with astronomy and history as a boy. He also enjoyed sports and, in high school, debate.
Life's Work | Service | Interests: Harold's studies at the University of Utah were interrupted by service as an Ensign in the United States Navy in World War II. After a severe attack on his ship he was given survivor's leave during which time he married the love of his life, beautiful Elmeda Robison, on February 21, 1945, in Palo Alto, California. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple one month later. They enjoyed heaven on earth for over 50 years before Elmeda's sudden passing in 1996.
❦ After the war, Harold enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his bachelor's degree, doctorate, and a post-doctorate research fellowship. Harold and Elmeda were blessed by the births of their three children during this time.
❦ Harold began his career at Brigham Young University in 1955, retiring as a professor of astrophysics over 50 years later at age 83; yet continuing to publish. He edited over 200 volumes for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and contributed over 100 scientific journal articles on his own research. One of his latest articles will be published posthumously. He received many honors and awards including the George Van Biesbroek Prize from the American Astronomical Society (2000), Karl G. Maeser Research Award (1966), and Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Excellence in Graduate Education (1982-83). His work allowed him and his wife to travel to many foreign lands.
❦ Harold was a good and gracious man who encouraged his family and others to learn about the world and treat others with respect and kindness. He served faithfully in various callings as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a dedicated a home teacher. Delbert Harold McNamara passed away on January 9, 2014, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, after suffering a massive stroke the previous day. He was 90 years old.
Survived By: Loving children: Marilyn (Bruce) Gurney, Susan (Dave) Comish, Jay (Mary Lou) McNamara; 18 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, all were blessed by his generosity and example.
Predeceased By: His dear wife, Elmeda; his parents, and his brother, Van.
Arrangements & Obituary: © 2014 | Berg Mortuary of Provo
Services: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Location: Oak Hills 9th Ward Chapel | Provo, Utah
Burial: East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
Bio compiled by: Annie Duckett Hundley


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