Bruce George ‘BG’ Wenniger

Nov. 2, 1937 - June 7, 2008

Bruce George "BG" Wenniger, 70, died Saturday, June 7, 2008, at his home in Cupertino, Calif. He was born in Waukesha on Nov. 2, 1937, to Elmer J. "Al" and Mae W. Wenniger, both of whom preceded him in death.

Bruce graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1955, served in the U.S. Army Reserves and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in January 1961, the Sputnik era. He moved to California to work as a pioneer in the semiconductor industry for firms including Hughes Aircraft, Fairchild Semiconductor, Signetics and Cypress Semiconductor until his retirement in 2003. He holds a patent as the inventor of the interrupt-generating hardware semaphore.

Bruce enjoyed the outdoors and frequently took the family camping. In retirement, his interests included gardening (especially fruit trees), cooking, swimming, exploring natural food supplements and Internet pursuits. He taught engineering classes at the University of California-Berkeley.

He is survived by his sons, Mark of Los Gatos, Calif., and David Scott of Carson City, Nev.; younger sisters, Jean (nee Wenniger) Bunke of Waukesha and Mary Dee Wenniger of Madison; niece, Elizabeth Farrington; nephews, Eric and Seth Bunke; and dear friends, Ben Guess and Katrina Guglielmelli.

A celebration of Bruce’s life was held in California.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the UW-Madison School of Engineering or Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwonago.