Karen L. B. Holland of Visalia died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, due to cancer. She was 60.
A celebration of Karen’s life will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018), from noon to 3 p.m., at Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave., Visalia.
Karen was born November 12, 1957. She held a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business, and she had recently obtained a second master’s degree in psychology.
For the past 27 years, Karen was a senior engineer at Voltage Multipliers Inc. in Visalia. She was involved with miniature high-voltage designs that were utilized in military, space, and commercial applications.
Among some of Karen’s many professional achievements were such applications as miniature components for Night Vision, Imagine intensifiers, and Laser Gyros.
Her handiwork is out of this world, literally. She is credited with the INMS instrument on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, SWARM (survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, which improves knowledge of the Earth’s interior and climb), and most recently JUICE for a future mission to Jupiter.
Karen was passionate about social justice issues and enjoyed serving as a community volunteer. She formerly served on the Three Rivers Union School Foundation board. She was also on the board of the nonprofit Scholarship Park, affiliated with the El Rancho Swap Meet and Farmers’ Market, which provides educational scholarships and other opportunities to underserved students.
Karen is survived by her husband, Lowell E. Brown Jr., a former resident of Three Rivers; and her son, Holland D. K. Wind, of Three Rivers.