Juri Eenmaa Dec. 30, 1940 ~ Sept. 27, 2012
September 21, 2012, 9:05 am by Staff Reports
He was born Dec. 30, 1940 in Rakvere, Estonia, to Karl Eenmaa and Ella Rubli Eenmaa. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and sister, Reet Eenmaa in 1950, and settled in the Los Angeles area.
He received his high school education at the Manuel Arts in Los Angelos, followed by his B.S. in Physics from the University of Southern California in 1963, and his M.A. in Physics in 1966. He then attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he received his doctorate in research physics in 1972.
Eenmaa then joined the University of Washington where he collaborated with other physicists, engineers and technical specialists. He headed the team to install the cyclotron for neutron production, and its use for medical radiation treatments for cancer patients, benign conditions, and for research. He left this position of Associate Professor in which he taught physics to radiation oncology residents and medical dosimetrists, and joined the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle in 1989. There, he was involved with the daily tasks of medical physics and the prostate seed implant program. He retired from Swedish in 2000.
Eenmaa greatly enjoyed his work in physics, but was also an excellent artisan craftsman and builder. He played the violin and the fiddle for most of his life, and was very active in the Estonian communities in L.A. and Seattle, where Estonian culture was celebrated with much music, song, and folk dancing. Eenmaa will be greatly missed by the Estonian community.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Harriet Hale Eenmaa, of Burnet; step-daughter Kendra Dupuy and her husband Stephan Hamberg of Seattle, Wash.; step-daughter Anna Dupuy of Seattle; sister Linda Reet Kask and husband Mart of Mercer Island, Wash.; niece Alisa Ferrier and husband Jordon of Elkgrove, Calif.; nephew Andres Kask and Angela of Seattle, Wash,; nephew Aleks Kask of N.Y.; sister-in-law Kathy Hale Frankum and husband Billy Frankum of Burnet; brother-in-law David Hale and wife Debbie of San Angelo, Texas; nephew Breck Hale and wife Megan of Wichita Falls, Texas; many beloved relatives in Estonia; and many great-nieces and nephews.
We will all miss your loving, calm, steady, trustworthy presence Juri! Death leaves a heartache only God can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal! Rest in Peace, Juri, in God’s loving presence.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org, or The Lighthouse Hospice: www.lighthouse-hospice.com. Many, many thanks to all the loving care and help from Circle of Hands in Burnet, Kingsland Hill Care in Kingsland, and Lighthouse Hospice in Round Rock. You are angels, and God’s hands on this earth!
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m., at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 W. RR 1431, Kingsland, 325.388.4187.
A memorial service in Seattle will be held at a later date.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ "
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.
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