April 12, 1925 ~ May 28, 2007
SAMUEL J. CUNNINGHAM (82)
Born in Elizabeth, NJ on April 12, 1925 to Margaret Evers and Samuel J.
Cunningham he died in Torrance, CA on May 28, 2007. A graduate of the School of Mineral Industries, Pennsylvania State College, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served as a Naval Officer on destroyers in World War II and Korea. He resided in Rancho Palos Verdes for 43 years and was a communicant of St. John Fisher parish. Mr. Cunningham retired as Manager of Research, Southern California Gas Co. He established a utility-sponsored research program which became the largest utility sponsored research program in the United States, represented the United States on the Energy Conversion Committee of the International Gas Union and participated in a technical exchange with the Soviet Union and with Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas. He was a member of the California Utilities Research Public Commission and the California Energy Commission. He was awarded the American Gas Association Industry Research Award presented to an employee who has made an outstanding contribution of lasting benefit to natural gas research and technology. Sam was a member of Seal Beach Yacht Club and served as Commodore in 1980. He enjoyed time on the HIGH SEAS, a cruiser built to his specifications. He is survived by his wife June, to whom he was married for 58 years, daughters Trish Cunningham of Alamosa, CO; Nancy Cunningham married to Steve Cameron of Encinitas, CA; Karen Huffman of San Diego, CA and son Scott Cunningham of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; grandchildren Jenessa Huffman-Silva of Tracy, CA; Michael Huffman, San Diego, CA and Korry Goldstein of Australia and great grandchildren Samantha and James Silva of Tracy, CA. A memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA at
11 am on Thursday, June 7, 2007 followed by a reception. The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and to the American Heart Association.
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