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Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Earth Sciences Division Director Bo Bodvarsson Has Died


Gudmundur Svavar Bodvarsson, known to most on the Hill as “Bo,” director of the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) since 2001, and a Berkeley Lab scientist since 1980, has died. He passed away yesterday (Nov. 29) at Kaiser Oakland Hospital, where he’d been hospitalized since Nov. 16 for testing. He was 54.

“We are all saddened by the untimely loss of Bo Bodvarsson,” said Berkeley Lab Director Steven Chu. “His energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Earth Sciences Division and to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at large were a wonderful example for the entire Berkeley Lab family. He was a pioneer in many aspects of the management of the division, from the promotion of a safety culture to the strengthening of the intellectual depth and reach of Earth Sciences. On a personal note, I especially admired his honest and straightforward way of dealing with all people and how he was carrying out his vision for the Division.”

Bodvarsson is survived by two sons, Daniel Bodvarsson, 28, who lives in North Carolina, and Erik Ma, 7, who lives in Berkeley. Information on funeral arrangements and/or memorial services will be forthcoming.  To read the full obituary, go here.

Confidential counseling for Berkeley Lab staff  is available through CARE Services, the Lab's employee assistance program. CARE counselors — licensed mental health professionals who help with a variety of personal and emotional issues — are at the Lab today from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and will be here tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 90G Conference Room. Anyone requiring assistance is encouraged to visit.

In-person and phone appointments are also available by calling 643-7754. CARE Services is located at the Tang Center on Bancroft Avenue, University Health Services.


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