Lloyd Swenson, a former Linfield College faculty member and administrator, died at age 91 in his Palm Springs, Calif., home on Jan 21, 2016.
Born Lloyd Richard Swenson on Nov. 21, 1924, in Turlock Calif., he grew up in San Jose, Calif. where he attended and graduated in 1943 from San Jose High School.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp Private Pilot Program and, later flew 61 missions in the 557th Bomb Squadron of the 387th group in World War II as a second lieutenant. He was a B-26 Marauder bomber pilot.
The 1970-1971 Linfield College Catalog shows him as assistant professor of business and economics and director of financial aid.
In 1948, he graduated from what is now San Jose State University.
He earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a pastor for eight years at North Peninsula Presbyterian (now Bethany Presbyterian) Church in San Bruno (San Mateo County), Calif.
After earning a Masters of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University he came to Linfield.
According to the Sept. 7, 1967, Linfield Review, Swenson was appointed as an assistant professor of business administration and economics…(He) “has had business experience in the areas of sales, public relations, estimating, office management and chief accounting,” the Review said.
In 1971, he co-founded Field Electron and Ion Co., later called FEI Company. It supplied electron and ion beam sources for field emission research and electron microscopy. He also co-founded Nano Technology Corp.
He is survived by wife, Hansi Hughes; sister, Evelyn Templeton; son, Charlie Swenson; and daughters, Debbie Watkins, Elizabeth Creencia and Zetta Newell.
A funeral service was held Jan. 29, 2016, in the Ramon Chapel at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, Calif. Intermnet was in the Sacred Palms section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.
=For several years, the Swensons, Lloyd and Hansi, were hosts of Linfield alumni, parents and friends lunches in their Palm Springs home.
=The Oct. 2, 2015, McMinnville N-R/News-Register says Lloyd Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.
=The Nov. 4, 2000, N-R reported in a story headlined “Partners strike gold with tungsten wire” that “one of Aptech's biggest clients is FEI, founded in 1972 by Linfield professors Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson.”
=“Field Emissions research finds a home in Mac” is the headline of a story in the Nov. 4, 2000, N-R. It says, “FEI was started in 1971 by three Linfield professors and LRI colleagues - Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson. The small company responded to numerous requests to provide single-crystal materials to field emissions researchers.”
= According to a story in the May 14, 2005, N-R, Linfield students followed Lyn Swanson to the Oregon Graduate Institute, “where Swanson researched surface physics and advised students from 1973 to 1987. They also joined him in Field Electron and Ion, a little company he started on the side with partners Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson.”
=A March 21, 2014, an N-R editorial says Linfield Research Institute “spun off Field Emissions Corp., known as FEMCOR, in 1958. Dyke was joined in the venture by Linfield physics profs Lyn Swanson and Francis Charbonnier, among others. Hewlett-Packard swallowed FEMCOR in 1971 to create a Diagnostic Cardiology Division based on field emissions applications, evolving into other H-P product lines. Ironically, the complex it developed around the original FEMCOR site reverted to Linfield when the H-P division closed in 1996, becoming the college’s Keck Campus. Several Linfield scientists, including Charbonnier, remained with H-P. Others, led by Lyn Swanson, Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson, launched a new field emissions spinoff — Field Electron and Ion, known as FEI.”
=The Oct. 2, 2015, N-R says Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.
=A 2001 San Jose State University publication includes a class notes item for Lloyd Swenson, Class of 1948, Business. It says he was a “U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and B-26 bomber pilot” who “co-founded FEI in Hillsboro, Ore., a firm that specializes in electron microscopy technologies and applications. These days, he reports, he spends half the year in Palm Desert, the other half in Washington State, enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
=A story, “Remembering the Battle of the Bulge on 70th anniversary” in the Dec. 15, 2014, Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs, Calif., includes:
A month after celebrating his 20th birthday, on November 21, 1944, Lloyd Swenson, a B-26 bomber pilot, said his B-26 bomb group flew into some of the fiercest fighting conditions it would face during the war.
"The period of combat that I especially think about during the Christmas season was participation in the Battle of the Bulge," Swenson, of Palm Desert, told The Desert Sun in a December, 2010 interview.
When the German Army broke through the Allied front lines, the ground troops fought exhaustively, suffering heavy losses while battling in the brutal cold of winter — without air support.
The weather was terrible, and the skies, thick with clouds, made effective aerial attacks impossible. The grounded airmen waited for more than a week when finally, on Dec. 23, the weather cleared enough for the Army Air Corps to take to the skies.
Just the day before, the group was getting ready to abandon its base in Clastres, France.
"We were preparing to evacuate because the Germans were getting so close," Swenson said. "We couldn't take anything with us. You could have your uniform and a toothbrush."
"Then on the 23rd, it was a bright, clear day, the fog lifted we were all very excited about the fact we were going to fly this mission."
That morning, Swenson was awakened at 5.
"The first mission that day for the 387th Bomb Group was to take out a 344-foot bridge over the Nette River at Mayen, Germany," Swenson said. "Thirty-six of our aircraft set out to destroy the bridge. A few miles off Bastogne, about 25 ME-109s (German fighter planes) hurtled into the Marauder formation. Normally we flew with fighter escort, but that day all of our fighters were involved in ground support."
Five B-26s were shot down during the mission; heavy flak knocked out the lead plane.
"I was flying wingman off the B-26 just behind it (the lead plane)," Swenson said. "All of the aircraft but one in the flight behind me were shot down, and the plane behind me had one engine destroyed."
=Lloyd Swenson biography posted at his Facebook page:
“I was born in Turlock, CA and raised in San Jose, CA. During WWII, I was a B-26 Marauder Pilot, serving in the ETO with the 557th Bomb Squadron, 387th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. By the end of the war, I completed 61 combat missions. After the war, I attended San Jose State University where in 1948 I received my Bachelor's Degree. After college, I worked in my father's construction company, Carl N. Swenson Co., Inc. In 1954 I entered Princeton Theological Seminary to prepare to become a Presbyterian Minister. In 1957, I was awarded the Master of Divinity degree. I served as a Presbyterian Minister for 8 years. In 1965, I entered the Santa Clara University Business School in 1975 and was awarded the MBA in 1977. After graduation, I became and Asst. Professor at Linfield College. I retired from Linfield College in 1985 as Assoc. Professor of Economics and Business Administration as well as Director of Financial Aid. I one of 3 co-founders of FEI Company (FEIC) and retired as a Director in 1988. In 2007 I married Hansi Hughes.”
=He was a member of the Arizona-based B-26 Marauder Historical Society. The Martin B-26 Marauder was a World War II twin-engine medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe.
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