In Memoriam: John Tamlin Holland Redfern

Longtime San Diego History Center volunteer John Redfern passed away on May 31, 2012, and will be deeply missed.  A graduate of Beverly Hills High School in 1944, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from USC in 1950 and a Master of Science degree from UCLA in 1952.  He married Abigail Louise Haskell in 1954 and made a home in La Jolla, California, working as a civilian researcher for over 35 years at the US Navy Laboratory in San Diego.  He specialized in underwater acoustics.  After his retirement, John traveled widely with his wife, studied his Norwegian family heritage, and visited his ancestral home at Vinstra, in the Gubransdahl Valley.

John was a gifted photographer who exhibited his work locally.  He volunteered at the San Diego History Center for over 30 years, working to preserve its collection of early photographs with its former curator—his good friend Larry Booth.  He is survived by his wife Abigail, children Donald, Tamlin, and Charles, and grandchildren Grace, Gabrielle, Chloe, Avery, Alma, and Karl Alexander.  Donations may be sent in memory of John Tamlin Redfern to the San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101.


John Redfern


John Tamlin Holland Redern 

July 6, 1926 – May 31, 2012