In Memory

Richard F. Shimek

Richard Shimek Richard Franklin Shimek Engineer, Photographer, Loving Husband, Richard Franklin Shimek, 61, died on January 21, 2010 at Stanford Hospital from a pulmonary hemorrhage. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 North 3rd Street, San Jose, Ca. on 2/21/2010 from 3-5 p.m. Mr. Shimek was born May 19, 1948 in San Mateo, CA to Jack Shimek and Pearl Robards. He grew up in Redwood City and attended Sequoia High School, then earned a BA in geology from San Jose State as well as IT training and a bioinformatics certification. He spent his early career working as a technician at the U.S. Geological Survey, and then joined the semiconductor and disk drive industries as a process engineer working at AMD, Read-Rite and other companies. He held two patents for alumina material used with thin film heads produced at Read-Rite. He and his wife Shannon Marquardt of 30 years made their home in San Jose. His wife wrote: "Richard was a photographer, sailor, gardener, hiker and movie goer." Mr. Shimek is survived by his wife, Shannon, brother, Steve Shimek and three step siblings, Myrna Peterson, Steve Schingler and Barbara Schingler. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to California Veterans Shelter Projects. Published in San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 14, 2010

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10/03/16 10:20 AM #1    

Chris Rackowski

>>>>> Dick was quite an accomplished swimmer while at Sequoia, and I recall one occasion watching him, Speedo-clad, complete a couple laps in the pool as one of the coaches (don't recall who) timed him with a stop watch. I don't recall if he won any competitions, but he was certainly a formidable athlete. I also remember him as somewhat quiet and self-effacing, joking with me always with a wry smile on his face. I spoke with him briefly at the 25th Reunion, when I believe he was undergoing chemotherapy. Despite appearing frail, he spoke optimistically about beating his cancer. I regret not making an effort to stay in touch with him. 





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