In memory of
Ivan Peter Sturman
Ivan Peter Sturman October 16, 1927 ~ October 13, 2016 Resident of Kensington, CA Ivan was born in 1927 to Paul and Tanja Sturman in Detroit, MI. His first language was Slovak and he started school without speaking English. The family lived in Pittsburgh for most of his childhood. Some of his favorite times growing up were summers spent on his grandfather's dairy farm in Pennsylvania with his cousin Tom. In 1943, the family moved to Washington DC where Ivan completed his last year of high school, graduating in 1944 at the age of 16. After high school he returned to Pittsburgh to enter Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) to study engineering. He joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1946, he enlisted in the US Navy. Returning to college after his time in the Navy, he completed his degree in electrical engineering at Carnegie Tech in 1951. After graduation, he started his career in California working with Kaiser Aircraft, RCA, and Tracerlab on military electronics, nuclear engineering, and oceanography. His work later included the Bart system with Westinghouse and a variety of nuclear power plants through Bechtel and PG&E. His specialty was instrumentation and monitoring of radiation. During his early time in the Bay Area, he developed two new hobbies- skiing and sailing. He joined the Cal Sailing Club and the Ski Patrol at Sugar Bowl. The latter led him to working as a race official in the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. In 1958, he took a break from his career to help his parents build a summer cottage in the mountains of West Virginia. During that time, he went to visit Pittsburgh and a girl he met in college. Jane Orr was a private secretary at a corporation in Pittsburgh. Jane and Ivan were married in March 1960 in a small service at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Their son John was born the next year. They moved to Kensington. In 1976, he and John participated in the first of many Mt. Shasta climbs. Ivan and John would later lead the trip. Ivan would not leave anyone alone on the mountain and would hike with them until they were safely down. In 1994, he retired from Bechtel. Ivan and Jane became grandparents to two girls who Ivan enjoyed sending time with. After retirement, Ivan became active in a number of organizations as a volunteer. His activities included the Tin Hat Orchestra that plays music at senior centers, The Northern Alameda County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, serving as a docent at the Rosie the Riveter Museum, The Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers, The Friends of Five Creeks, teaching classes at the Contra Costa County Adult School, the California Czech and Slovak Club, the PG&E Retirees Monthly Lunch Group, and Restoration of the Red Oak Victory ship in the Richmond Shipyard. He also served on the Kensington Community Council and helped with a variety of Kensington projects. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Jane, their son John and daughter-in-law Elizabeth who live in Northern Virginia, and his granddaughters Ceciliana and Lucia. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana St., Berkeley CA. Contributions in his memory can be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. View the online memorial for Ivan Peter Sturman
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