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Paul Latham July 18, 1957 - Jan. 13, 2013

Paul Latham July 18, 1957 - Jan. 13, 2013

LEE, NH - Dr. Paul Walker Latham II of Lee, NH, formerly of Spicer, is known by many for his brilliant mind and is credited with some 35 patents. He was also recognized for deep sea diving in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with over 5000 reported dives. His family and friends observed that he lived life to the fullest and was especially considerate of others.

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, Dr. Latham and two other divers were photographing the habitat and behavior of an invasive fish in 200 foot deep waters off the coast of Bermuda. On their ascent, an accident occurred in which Paul died and the other divers were injured. Police and Maritime authorities are investigating, so there are no details yet available on what happened.

Dr. Latham was born on July 18, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the son of Allen and Martha Latham of Spicer, MN and the loving husband to Colleen O’Meara Latham, his wife of 31 years, and the father of PV2 Allen Latham III and Miss Emily Agnes Latham. He also leaves a sister, Mary (Michael) Swanson of Spicer and their children Curry (Tiffany) Swanson of Willmar, Christopher Swanson of Spicer, uncle William (Ann) Latham and aunt Betty Rodengen of Spicer along with many nephews, nieces, sisters and brothers in law.

He attended New London-Spicer High School and Ridgewater Community College and noted how certain teachers influenced his career. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and continued his education at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where he was awarded a PhD in electrical engineering for original research. He turned a handicap, dyslexia, into an asset by training his mind to enhance its working and long-term memory as he had difficulty reading and writing while obtaining his education. He also learned to turn complexity into simplicity so he could better communicate.

Dr. Latham was a professional Engineer and held positions at UNH as a part-time Lecturer and Affiliate Associate Professor. He served on many doctoral dissertation and masters’ thesis committees within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNH. He was serving on their Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Program. Over the years he has hired many ECE students to work for him in his companies.

Paul started and sold several companies doing analog chip design. Most recently he sold L&L Engineering, LLC to Maxim Integrated and served as Executive Director with Maxim Integrated, headquartered in San Jose, CA. He was an experienced and accomplished technologist and had worked at Control Data, Data General, Allegro Micro Systems and Analog Devices in technical and managerial positions. Mr. Art Jenke of Albuquerque, NM was instrumental in launching his independent career. Paul founded Orion Design Technologies, Inc, and L&L Engineering, LLC among other ventures. During his long professional career he made numerous contributions to analog system design and made significant innovations in the development and application of adaptive digital systems and advanced control technology.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 422 6th St. SW, Willmar, MN on Saturday, January 26 at 3:00 pm.

Memorial gifts for decontamination equipment to help protect Green Lake from zebra mussels may be sent to: Allen Latham/Zebra Mussel, P.O. Box 306, Spicer, MN 56288.