OBITUARY

Daniel Matthew Albro

September 7, 1971March 14, 2014
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Dr. Daniel Albro, 42, known to family and friends as Dan, passed away Friday, March 14, after a 5-year struggle with cancer. Born to Dr. Phillip Albro and Mrs. Christine Albro in 1971 and raised in Cary, North Carolina, he had been a resident of Southern California since 1995 and lived in Burbank since 2006. Dan is survived by his wife Juanita Albro neé Vargas, son Sean Albro, mother Christine Albro, and three sisters, Amanda Reese, Sarah Zyla, and Susan Salotti.

In grade school Dan started a lifelong interest in language, even inventing his own with its own alphabet, vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. In high school he pasted stickers all over the house with the Russian words for common objects. Some of the languages he studied over his life include German, Latin, Spanish, Quechua, Mandarin Chinese, Esperanto, Sanskrit, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Japanese, and Swedish. For undergraduate school Dan attended MIT, living in the German House language immersion dorm. He earned an S.B. and won the William Martin Memorial Thesis Prize for top undergraduate thesis in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

After finishing his undergraduate degree, Dan worked for CAS, Inc, in El Paso, Texas, as a computer programmer. He was awarded the Commander's Award for Public Service by the Department of the Army the fourth highest award the Army can award a civilian for his work supporting the Air Defense School at Fort Bliss.

Dan went on to earn an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the UCLA Linguistics Department in 2005. Starting as a graduate student, and after completing his Ph.D., he was Chief Scientist at Cognition Technologies and then a software engineer at Google. In these positions he used computational linguistics to enhance search engines, creating a natural language computer model that imitates how the human brain interprets language. While at Cognition, Dan wrote a new version of an interactive tool in a weekend?the original had taken over a year to write. His unusually powerful ability to grasp the most difficult concepts and execute on them was invaluable. He combined this intellect with a kind and friendly personality, which made him an effective leader.

A music lover, Dan started playing the violin at age 5. As an adult he added guitar, mandolin, ukelele, and banjo, and sang basso profundo. He was a model train aficionado with an elaborate layout in his Burbank backyard. Dan was also an assistant Boy Scout leader for Troop 201 in Burbank and spent a lot of time on scout activities to spend quality time with his son. He touched and enriched many lives with his intelligence, sense of humor, and kindness. Dan will be greatly missed.

Vigil and rosary will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, March 17th, at Valley Funeral Home, 2121 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank. Family and friends are also invited to a memorial mass at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, March 18, at St. Finbar Catholic Church, 2010 W. Olive, Burbank. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders at donate.doctorswithoutborders.org or to Physicians for Peace at physiciansforpeace.org/give.

Services

  • Rosary Service Monday, March 17, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Mark Anthony

May 31, 2014

God Bless Dan, and his family. I did not know Dan, I actually called his home on 5/30/14 for business and the man answered said Dan had passed away. And I was in front of a computer so I researched Dan. He seemed like a great person from all the great things that people had to say about Dan. So I would just like to give my condolences to his family and friends. Mark Anthony (Los Angeles, CA)

Tricia Nguyen

April 30, 2014

Dan was such a gentle and quiet soul yet with a devilish sense of humor. We will all miss his presence. All our love to Juanita and Sean.

Justyna Teverovsky

April 9, 2014

Dan carried a quiet joyfulness in him everywhere he went, and shared that joy with all. My condolences to his family, and especially to my friend Juanita and to Sean. I love you both.

Jeff Bergman

April 4, 2014

I thought I would share the Christmas choral performance with Dan's family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5AHily4Lk

Mark Chavira

April 3, 2014

Dan, we love you and miss you. Thanks for making Google a better place to work and for bringing people together.

Jack Holt

April 2, 2014

It seems it is always the very best people who are taken from this world too early. Dan was perhaps the gentlest man I have ever known, and I say that with much admiration.

Vadim Teverovsky

April 2, 2014

Losing someone is always difficult, and losing someone who was such a good person is even more so. Dan was always cheerful, even in difficult times, and he will be well-remembered. My greatest condolences to his family.

Joe Selby

April 2, 2014

Dear Christine: I am so so sorry to hear about Dan's passing and your loss. I'm thinking of you and your girls and as part of your very extended family am praying for all of you. Please stay in touch and I'll hope to see you in Missouri or elsewhere soon. Joe

Larry Muhlbauer

April 2, 2014

Sorry for you loss! RIP Dan, You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Scott Moore

April 1, 2014

I met Danny when we were 6 and we became fast friends. All through elementary school we hung out on the playground talking about the wonderful stuff that made us weird. He was always way smarter than I was but he was good at meeting me where I was. We went to different middle schools but he was the same guy by the time we made it to high school. Smart as hell, weird, awesome. Years and miles got between us after high school but I still made it out to his wedding to Juanita and it was great seeing him for the family sing-alongs around Christmas. The world is a poorer place for his passing.