Barry L. Schrader, a longtime community leader, former elected representative and retired national laboratory manager in Livermore, died at his home in Illinois last month after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 79.
Also a former newspaper editor in the Tri-Valley and supporter of local nonprofits, Schrader was elected to three terms on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, serving from 1987 to 2000.
"On behalf of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and our Board of Trustees, we send our condolences to former Trustee Schrader's family and would also like to share our heartfelt gratitude for the decades of service that Trustee Schrader gave to our district, students and community," said Guisselle Nuñez, the district's public relations director.
A native of Illinois, Schrader lived in Livermore for 37 years after initially relocating West to serve as editor of the Livermore Herald & News in the 1960s. His journalism career also included time with the Valley Times and later, writing a column for the Livermore Independent.
He shifted careers to public affairs and communications in 1980, working for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore for 21 years until his retirement. He later served as a group leader and oral historian for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Also committed to giving back while in Livermore, Schrader co-founded Friends of the Vineyards, spent 33 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Livermore including as club president, helped form the Livermore Heritage Guild, was an organizer of the Tri-Valley Exchange Club and videotaped oral histories for the Livermore Heritage Guild.
He additionally published a book of local trivia entitled, "Will the Last Person Leaving Livermore Please Unscrew the Bulb in Fire Station One."
Schrader and his wife, Kay, relocated to Illinois in 2006 and he continued supporting local organizations in his new hometown -- while also returning to Livermore each summer to visit friends.
Schrader died on June 30 in DeKalb, Ill., from complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay, and their sons Todd and Darrin. A memorial service is pending at Sycamore United Methodist Church in Sycamore, Ill.
To read the full family obituary, visit the Weekly's Lasting Memories page.