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Robert Lee McCalip

August 6, 1926 - April 18, 2011

Robert (Bob) McCalip, retired semiconductor engineer, passed away April 18 at the age of 84 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had lived in Carson 37 years prior to his move to the Albuquerque area a little over a year ago. He was born on an oil lease near Clara in Wichita County, Texas. Enlisting in the Navy during WWII a…read more

Robert (Bob) McCalip, retired semiconductor engineer, passed away April 18 at the age of 84 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had lived in Carson 37 years prior to his move to the Albuquerque area a little over a year ago. He was born on an oil lease near Clara in Wichita County, Texas. Enlisting in the Navy during WWII at the age of 17, he was trained as a radar man in San Diego and served on the USS New York. After his naval service, he returned to Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas and eventually went to work for Texas Instruments. While there he co-invented the process for manufacturing germanium transistors and worked in the R&D group that produced the first integrated circuits. He was widely regarded as one of the leading engineers in the microelectronics industry for over two decades. As a research engineer, he helped develop leading edge technologies and was granted numerous patents. His career brought him back to California in 1969 and to the South Bay in 1972, where he worked for companies including TRW Semiconductors, Beckman and McDonnell Douglas. After retiring, he started selling Granddad Bob’s Salsa at local farmers’ markets. As an active member of the Gideons, he held offices at the state level. He also served as a deacon at Fellowship of South Bay. He is survived by his children George McCalip, Jim and Nancy McCalip, and Saralyn and Randy Pennington, seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his much loved wife of almost 50 years, Ruth O’Connor McCalip. A Funeral service will be held at 1:00 Tuesday at A. M. Gamby Mortuary, Lomita, with a graveside service following at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Gideons.

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