Dudley B. Killam, Jr. of La Cañada, Calif., father, husband, veteran and engineer, passed away on Thanksgiving at the age of 70 from a heart attack, surrounded by family. He was born October 15, 1947, in Reading, Mass., to Dudley and Flora Killam. He graduated from Haverhill High School while living in Atkinson, N.H. He obtained BAs in chemistry and mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, and then completed Masters degrees in applied statistics and image science at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also studied meteorology and analytical chemistry at Texas A&M. Dudley was truly a lifelong learner. He served for thirty years in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of colonel.
Dudley then worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory several more years in Mission Success and Special Projects. He retired into a quiet life surrounded by numerous dogs and cats, his “four-legged friends." He enjoyed smelling the flowers in Descanso Gardens, walking with his pets and wife around town, and was an avid hobbyist in genealogy and amateur weather observation. His friends remember his intense dedication to his country and his unique colloquial catchphrases. We remember his avid story-telling and unceasing need to help others (“He never knew a stranger”). He is survived by his wife, retired Air Force Major Jennifer Killam; daughter, Emily; and son, Daniel; also brother, Dean; and sister, Debbie. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by countless family, coworkers and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF.com) to support research into his wife’s rare form of lymphoma. A memorial will be held Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at La Canada Presbyterian Church.
Published on  December 4, 2017