Dr. John William McKee
1926 - 2009, Santa Barbara
Dr. John William McKee died after a long illness on March 25, 2009. He was 82 years old. He was born on September 25, 1926 in Muscatine, Iowa to L. Ranson McKee and Lulu Crossley McKee. In 1944 he graduated from Muscatine High School and was in the U. S. Navy until 1946. In 1947 he married Helen Mosher who survives him. He graduated with Honors in 1949 from Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa with a B.S. in Physics. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Biology and Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1954 after receiving a fellowship from the Atomic Energy Commission.
He enjoyed football, track, skiing and mountain climbing. He was employed by the UCLA Medical School, Douglas Aircraft Co., and McDonald Douglas where he retired as Chief Scientist, Lunar/Mars Evolution, APD Tech Division. He came to Santa Barbara in 1962 to join GE Tempo. His last book was "New Horizons in Science."
He leaves his wife, Helen and two daughters, Martha McKee (Tom McNaughton), Shauna Stark (Michael Stark) and four grandchildren: Matthew Widmann, Jacqueline, Lucy and Will Stark. He is also survived by his brother Clifford McKee. He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Tamara Sue McKee.
In retirement, he volunteered at the Call Tech Alumni Association, Page Youth Center, Titan, and the Salvation Army. He also held a private pilot's license. The family is grateful to Drs. Rubin, Fischer, Woliver, Gillen, Kearney, Ungerer, and Westerman for their expert care and compassion.