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Deaths for the week of Nov. 15, 2019

Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Howard Warren Bloomberg

March 12, 1936-Oct. 13, 2019

Howard Bloomberg
Howard Bloomberg

Howard Warren Bloomberg, 83, died October 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. A memorial service was held at Sinai Memorial Chapel on Thursday, October 17, and he was buried at the Shaarie Torah cemetery in Portland, Oregon on Friday, October 18.

Howard Warren Bloomberg, beloved father and friend, was born on March 12, 1936, in Portland, Oregon. He attended Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Caltech in 1957 and received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern in 1965. He married Jaroslava (Novotna) Bloomberg and together they had a son, David Bloomberg. After receiving his PhD, Howard worked in the field of plasma physics in Holland and Germany before teaching physics and astronomy courses at the College of William and Mary. After leaving academia, he worked with a number of companies as an engineer in the high-tech electronics industry, most recently at Lockheed Martin in the Bay Area.

In Howard’s retirement, he dedicated his time to the community — working with the Pedestrian Safety Committee of San Francisco and as a board member of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. Howard loved the city of San Francisco and worked to make it a better and safer place for all people. He never stopped learning and passed this passion on to those around him. He was a loving father and grandfather and always looked forward to visiting and hearing from his family.

Howard is survived by his son David Bloomberg, his daughter-in-law Anne Bloomberg, his three grandchildren, Ruth, Miriam and Theodore, his partner of 10 years Sheila Malkind, his former spouse Jaroslava Bloomberg and his brother Jerry Bloomberg.


Frank Olken

Oct. 8, 1952-Oct. 16, 2019

Frank Olken died unexpectedly of natural causes on Oct. 16, 2019, a week after celebrating his 67th birthday. He was born in Washington, D.C. October 8, 1952. His mother, Miriam (Stern) Olken, served as a Naval officer at the Pentagon during World War II. His father, Hyman Olken, from Belarus, was an engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is survived by his brother, Robert Olken (Amy Shutkin) and their daughter, Hero Mikuriya.

Frank grew up in Livermore, CA. He was educated at UC Berkeley where he received his B.S. and M.S. in EECS and also his Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Frank was a computer scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 36 years, from 1974 through 2010. Concurrently, from 2006 – 2010, Frank served as a program director with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C. From 2013 – 2016, he returned to NSF as program director in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE). Frank continued his data science consulting practice until his death.

Frank was both a very intelligent and a very private person. Frank relished Jewish music and supported many progressive causes. Memorial gifts in Frank’s name may be made to The American Heart Association. Donate online at: https://www2.heart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.