Obituary

Brian Lloyd, lover of music, lifelong learner and grandfather

On January 22, 2022, Brian Ford Lloyd passed away at home after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. A native of Washington, D.C. Brian completed his undergraduate education at Earlham College, pursued further studies in physics at Amherst College, received his Master’s, and studied for his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Vermont.   

Brian raised 3 children with his first wife Catherine in Vermont. He was an active member of the Burlington Friends Meeting, Vermont Philharmonic, UVM Symphony Orchestra, Lake Champlain Yacht Club, Vermont Arts Council, and local men’s basketball leagues. Brian was appointed the first District Coordinator for Act 250 and served as Assistant Director of the nascent Living and Learning Center at UVM, prior to working at IBM for a quarter-century. Brian remained deeply connected to the Vermont community and enjoyed his visits back to the state until the time of his death. Brian was as captivated by Vermont’s town meeting system and participatory democracy as he was by the beauty of the state.

In 2004, Brian married Anne Fitzgerald and relocated to California where he began a new life chapter. Until his retirement, he worked for PDF Solutions, a semiconductor technology firm in San Jose. Brian played cello as a member of the elusive Bohemian Club’s Orchestra and the Sonoma County Philharmonic, where he was a tireless fundraiser and served as Board Chair for several years. He was an active member of the Redwood Forest Friends Meeting, chairing their Social Justice study group. In addition, Brian participated in Torah Studies at Congregation Shomrei Torah for a dozen years. Over the years, he attended numerous classes at Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, joining their board in 2018. 

Brian approached life with a passion for learning, creativity, competition, family, and community. He possessed an insatiable intellect. Aside from “pop” culture, there were few topics that escaped his curiosity and inquiry. The desire to understand the world around him, and to help those he loved to understand the world touched all parts of his life. To know Brian was at times to be frustrated by him. He loved to ask hard questions that he hoped would raise the level of thought and understanding. Brian’s passion for learning guided him as a scientist, musician, sailor, builder, educator, chef, raconteur, husband, friend, and father. 

A community-minded person, Brian was known for his generosity with friends and neighbors through sharing good food and offering thoughtful gifts, either to make someone’s life a little easier or to help get a job done right.

Brian is survived by his wife Anne, his children and their spouses Morgan Lloyd and Nathan Suter, Galen and Stephen Perkins, Alex and Rachel Lloyd, his five grandchildren Josh, Celia, Amani, Asa, and Nalia; sisters Carol Sloane, Laila Mujahid and Cheryl Davis, and many dear family members, cousins, and friends on both coasts. 

In Brian’s memory, “be kind to the stranger.” Contributions can be made to Sonoma County Philharmonic (https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTQyMzQw) or a Social Justice organization of your choice. 

A celebration of Brian’s life will take place later this year.


Family Information

Brian is survived by his wife Anne, his children and their spouses Morgan Lloyd and Nathan Suter, Galen and Stephen Perkins, Alex and Rachel Lloyd, his five grandchildren Josh, Celia, Amani, Asa, and Nalia; sisters Carol Sloane, Laila Mujahid and Cheryl Davis, and many dear family members, cousins, and friends on both coasts.


VTDigger
VTDigger

FREE
VIEW