Peter Doub Strum
Peter Doub Strum died peacefully Feb. 9, 2005, at his home in South Lake Tahoe. He was 82.
Born April 25, 1922, in Virginia, Peter grew up in North Carolina. He attended Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., and transferred to North Carolina State, receiving his bachelor’s degree in science. After serving in World War II, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, receiving a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1947.
In the 1950s, Peter started Reconix, an electronics manufacturing company, in Palo Alto, Calif. One of Peter’s many inventions was a directional finder used by U.S. Navy aircraft. This invention was credited with saving the countless lives of pilots needing to land on aircraft carriers around the world.
Peter was an avid tennis player, bridge player, traveler and airplane pilot. His love for aviation spanned a lifetime, and he owned many private planes. The father of two grown daughters, Peter’s first wife, May, died in 1991.
After three decades of friendship, Peter married Audra Maddox of South Lake Tahoe in 1992. They enjoyed traveling (often with Stanford alumni), flying, playing bridge, friends, and most of all, spending time with family. In marrying Audra, Peter became step-grandfather to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to their home at Lake Tahoe, Audra and Peter enjoyed seasonal residences in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, Nev.
In 1999, with his wife and family at his side, Peter was inducted into the Brevard College Alumni Hall of Fame. Peter was honored for his contributions to the field of electrical engineering and for his lifelong business achievements.
In addition to his wife, Audra, of 13 years, survivors include daughters, Margaret Zabel of Modesto, Calif., and Jean Gay, of Mill Valley, Calif., and a large and loving family of step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There are no services planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, South Lake Tahoe Chapter and/or Brevard College, 400 North Broad Street, Brevard, N.C. 28712, in support of scholarship funds for needy and worthy students.
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