Tim Quilici and Lois Kalvelage Quilici
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Tim Quilici and Lois Kalvelage
both graduates of Royal High School's inaugural 1970 class

   

Tim went to Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, to study physics.
Lois went to St. Vincents Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, to study nursing.

Tim and Lois have known each other since 7th grade. They were in many of the same classes, but were only casual friends. In early 1973 (junior year of college), mutual friend Jim Hill played matchmaker and convinced Tim to call Lois for a date. It was instant romance since they had so many common friends and experiences. They became engaged in December 1973. Tim graduated from Mudd one weekend, Lois graduated from nursing school the next weekend, and they were married the following weekend on June 15, 1974.

   

As this is being written in early 2024, Tim and Lois are a few months from their 50th anniversary.

Lois spent 34 years as a registered nurse, working in the high pressure areas of ICU and ER.



Tim earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX, with a thesis on an improvement to the software algorithm for digital compression of speech. While it's now an everyday occurrence to find computers understanding or producing speech, in the early 70's, digital speech was a cutting-edge area of research. He spent 30 years in various telecommunication companies in the Dallas area either writing software or managing groups of software engineers. There were two notable aspects of those 30 years.

From 1976 to 1981, Tim was one of about 25 engineers who worked on a secret military telecom project - Packet Radio and ARPANET. Fifteen years later, the ARPANET was declassfied and renamed the Internet, and the Packet Radio was the predecessor of our current mobile phones. Tim doesn't make a Gore-esque claim that he invented the internet or mobile phones, but he's proud to have been part of a small crew that helped bring them to life.

In 1983, Tim was awarded a patent (4,583,090) for a unique trinary communication system.

On an Alaskan cruise in 2008.


In 2002, Tim founded the website QuickScores.com while working full-time as a software manager for a large multinational telecom company. In 2005, he decided to leave the security of a big corporation and go full-time with QuickScores. Lois thought he was having a crazy mid-life crisis. Fortunately, the gamble paid off and in 2008, Lois retired from the hospital to became the second full-time employee of QuickScores. In 2009, our son Bryan (BS Computer Science and MBA) joined QuickScores as the third full-time employee along with a few contractors. In 2019, Bryan and Tim founded the website FlagMapper.com. In 2021, Tim decided to hand the reins of QuickScores over to Bryan. Tim very happily still works half-time as a programmer. Lois is happy to have finally fully retired.

The following picture from 2023 best shows the whole family. Two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. (We only do boys.) Lois was a little traumatized in high school because she felt her 5'10" height made her taller than all the boys. She steadfastly denies I was 6'1" in high school. She now loves looking up at 6'3" Jason and 6'8" Bryan.



Tim survived a lengthy bout with cancer in 2020 and 2021. Two years later, he's still working on rehab. Having graduated from bedridden to wheelchair to walker, he now uses a cane half the time and walks unassisted the other half. Tim hopes to be back on the pickleball courts soon.

timquilici@gmail.com