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.

From Mike Siener
March 26, 2015

Dear Hessel Family, I am an old student of Dick's from The University of Cincinnati. Dick was one of the most influential teachers I ever had. He gave me words of encouragement when I worried about my status as a mere night school student vs. the full time day engineering students. I went on to work with and was every bit as good an engineer as those from MIT and other top schools. Also I was in the US Peace Corps as a teacher emulating my past good teachers like Dick, teaching Math and Physics first in Kenya for four years then again recently in Uganda for three years. I will keep you and Dick in my prayers. Take care and may God Bless. mike-siener

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