NCGA Mourns Passing of Former President Dick Skavdahl
July 30, 2014
Richard E. Skavdahl, the 79th President of the Northern California Golf Association, died on July 15 at the age of 79.
Skavdahl, a native of Michigan and member of Almaden Country Club in San Jose who affectionately known as Dick to friends and colleagues, was elected NCGA President in October 2006. The University of Michigan grad previously had been a member of the NCGA board of directors and was vice president in 2005.
In a 2006 interview, Skavdahl described his NCGA service as “an honor and privilege.”
“This is a labor of love,” Skavdahl said.
While at the University of Michigan, Skavdahl earned his Master’s degree in nuclear engineering. In 1962, he earned a Doctorate of Science degree in nuclear engineering at MIT.
Skavdahl and his family relocated from Richland, Washington to San Jose in 1966 where he worked in the nuclear energy business for General Electric until he retired as General Manager of Engineering Services in 1994.
It was then that Skavdahl pursued his other passion, the game of golf. Along with his service at the NCGA, Skavdahl was also held leadership positions at Alamaden CC.
Skavdahl is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patti, daughters Kristen and Karen, son Eric and daughter-in-law Synthia, foster daughter Maria Lombardi, grandsons Brian, Steven and Shane and granddaughters Sofia, Samantha and Shelby.
A Celebration of Skavdahl’s life will be held Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at the Alamden Hills United Methodist Church, located at 1200 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.