EASTON and GAINESVILLE, Fla. – George Dane Todd, 64, died June 26, 2006, in Mount View, Calif. from complications of cancer. He was born March 9, 1942, in Presque Isle, the son of Guy D. and Helen (Dane) Todd. A graduate of Easton High School in 1960, he attended the University of Maine in Orono where he was elected to the honor societies of Sigma Pi Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, and in 1964, he received his bachelor of science degree in engineering physics with high honors. He then began studies at Syracuse University with a NASA Predoctoral Fellowship and completed his doctorate in 1971, in the field of solid state science and technology. In 1971, he moved to the Silicon Valley in California, where he worked as a research associate for NASA at Ames in a joint institute with Stanford University from 1971 to 1979. During the 1980s, he was employed by Digital Equipment Corp. and Intersil in the development of an electromagnet for the sputtering of magnetic alloys on substrates. He had recently retired from PerkinElmer Optoelectronics in Santa Clara, where his position as project leader focused on computer imaging equipment produced for GE Medical Systems. He was a member of the American Vacuum Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American MENSA Society. For the year of 2005, he had been on medical leave from PerkinElmer and had resided with his sister and brother-in-law in Gainesville, Fla., while receiving treatment at the Shands Cancer Center in that city. George is survived by his mother, Helen D. Todd of Gainesville, Fla.; his sister, Elizabeth Shaw and her husband, Lawrance, also of Gainesville, Fla.; his aunt, Phyllis B. Todd of Mars Hill; plus a special cousin, Perley Dean of Presque Isle. A memorial service for George was held Friday, June 30, at PerkinElmer by his friends and co-workers. A prayer service for family and friends in celebration of George’s life will be held in July, with the Rev. Carl Romey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Fla., officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the family plot in Estes Cemetery, Easton.