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Anh Andy Hamilton Nguyen-Huu

January 1, 1939 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 81)



Anh Nguyen-Huu passed away suddenly on Good Friday.  He touched many lives with his sense of humor and loyal friendship. 

Anh was born in Dien-Ban, Province of Quang-Nam in Central Vietnam in the year of the Tiger. He graduated from Lycee Khai-Dinh high school in Hue, Vietnam. He then attended the University of Saigon before graduating from the Goethe Institute, Brilon Stadt, Westfalen, Germany and Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.  He was proud of the fact that he was able to attain both an undergraduate and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors in a shorter than usual amount of time while navigating a language that was foreign to him. He started his career at Zuse KG in Bad Hersfeld in Germany as a Development Engineer. He subsequently worked in England and eventually relocated to the United States where he worked as a pioneer in the semiconductor industry for many of the early influential companies in the Silicon Valley such as Fairchild, Integrated Circuits International, Monsanto, and Samsung Semiconductor.  At his peak, he accomplished his dream of becoming the Founder/President/CEO of NCM corporation. In the latter parts of his 47 year career, he worked for Exar, Unitrode (an offshoot of Texas Instruments), Impala Linear and Vishay-Siliconix, eventually becoming the Executive Senior Vice President/Head of the Power IC Division, before finally retiring in 2004.

Anh is survived by his loving wife, Giao, devoted children Bettina Avila (Tom), Christine Graviet (Scott), Patricia Hom (John), and Michelle Nguyen-Huu. He was adored by his grandchildren Lindsay (Josh) Greaves, Hailey (Ian) McCusker, Sarah Avila, Andrew Graviet, Danny Graviet, Kathryn Avila, Nathan Graviet and Jonathan Hom. He is also survived by his sister Ngan-Cham Guyen (Pho) of France and brother Duc Ducnuigeen (Linda) of Colorado. Anh will be missed for his integrity, determination, trustworthiness and unquestionable loyalty to family and friends.

Because of the current situation, a private ceremony will be held for immediate family only. Once the current social restrictions are lifted, the family will plan a celebration of life at the Los Gatos Darling-Fischer Funeral home at 615 North Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos, which may include a livestream for friends and family who live far away.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you spend some dedicated and meaningful time with your loved ones, letting them know how much they mean to you and how much you love them. This is the best way to honor Anh’s memory for connecting with others was always his highest priority. 



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