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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  1. Dearest June, Betty and I send our heart felt sympathies to you on Sam’s passing. Sam was a man who mentored people and advanced the careers of many young people, not only within SCG, but outside SCG as well, and we will always be forever grateful for that. Our memories are indelibly etched with Sam in his red plaid Christmas suit at Carol’s annual Christmas party. We will have Mass said for Sam this Sunday, and he will be remembered in our Communion prayers. God Bless Sam, You, and your Family during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Scott–My sister Mary passed along the sad news of your father’s passing. So sorry to hear it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. June, you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of Sam. He was as you know, an enduring and very strong leader in the natural gas R&D arena. He touched the lives of many of his associates, he will be surely missed.

  4. June – Received your letter a few days ago about Sam’s passing and Sue and I were deeply saddened. Sam made a big impact in my career as well as many others that knew him well. He will not be forgotton. I do wish you the best and if you are headed east, be sure to contact us. I can be reached at 508-674-4661. Vince

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