Lasting Memories

Richard Edward Hessel
March 15, 1951-Nov. 5, 2011
Pleasanton, California

Submitted by Callaghan Mortuary

Richard Edward Hessel, Ph.D. March 1951 - November 2011. After a two year battle with cancer, longtime Pleasanton resident Dick Hessel gently passed away at his Pleasanton home at the age of 60. Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Otto and Ruth Hessel. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Dick shared his love of engineering as a professor at the The University of Cincinnati and Clarkson University, before moving into the private sector. Dick's career in the computer industry led him and his family to the Silicon Valley, where they settled in Pleasanton.

The beloved husband of Connie Hessel for over 30 years, Dick is survived by his wife and two daughters, Andrea Kline Simon, 28, wife of Paulo Kline Simon; Kendra Hessel, 19; brothers Jim and Steve Hessel of Cincinnati; and his four cats. A true connoisseur of jazz music, the blues, and a lover of cats, Dick was also a weekly tennis player who will always be fondly remembered for his impressive beard and warm sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hope Hospice, so that the less fortunate may share in the same degree of love and care that Dick received in his time of need. www.hopehospice.com

From Guin Van Dyke
Nov. 19, 2011

Dear Connie, Andrea, Kendra and to all the Hessel Family; We are so very sorry for your loss of such a 'gentle giant'... Dick was my husbands best friend and hiking buddy; I wished I had gotten to know him and all of you better. Please know he will forever be missed by us; our hearts are with you during this very difficult time. -Guin & Korbin Van Dyke