Joan Ann Culford Rien, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 12.
She was born in Livermore to Charlotte and Lloyd Culford, and raised there. She graduated from Livermore High School with honors and attended San Jose State University.
She was an elegant lady with enormous talent. Her life-long passion was art and music. She became an accomplished painter and classical pianist and organist.
Ms. Rien was one of the first women hired by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory as a draftsman and technical illustrator. She retired in 1978 after 15 years, and from 1982-95 served as the bookkeeper for the ...