In Memory

Jean Senkin

Jean Senkin

Jean Senkin 
1933 - 2015


Jean Senkin Rozsnyai, longtime resident of Livermore, passed away on December 3, 2015. She was born in the Senkin family in Detroit, Michigan on March 7, 1933.

After having earned a degree of Masters in Chemistry from the University of Detroit, Jean taught at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Subsequently, Jean taught at the Air Force Dependents' Schools in 1959 in England and in 1960 in Japan. She also travelled extensively in Europe and in Southeast Asia. During her overseas stays, Jean acquired a number of friends, many of them for the rest of her life.

In 1962, Jean accepted a position as a chemist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. There, in 1964 in the Bio-Medical Division, she met Balazs Rozsnyai, a laboratory physicist, whom she married in 1966. They had a son, Lawrence, in 1968. After a few years, Jean changed her job and taught math and chemistry in the schools of Livermore, including Las Positas College. She was also active in local politics and was a founding member of the Save Our Hills organization. In her activities in local politics she acquired a few adversaries but many more friends.


She is survived by her husband Balazs, son Lawrence, daughter-in law Kathy, and grandson Adam.

A vigil will be held at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore on Friday, December 11 from 5-7 pm, and burial services will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Livermore at noon on Saturday, December 12.

The JHS Alumni will miss our teacher Ms. Senkin very much.