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In Memoriam

This page contains links to obituaries of LBNL staff published online by either LBNL or University of California (UC) (for those individuals with joint appointments).  A number of the following obituaries will contain links to additional information about the subject individual.  If you know of additional Lab obituaries published online by LBNL or UC, please contact John Stoner at [email protected] so we can add them to this page.

Ahn, Joonhong, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area.  For additional information, go here.

Alpen, Edward, Former Associate Lab Director

Arasteh, Darish, An Efficient Windows Expert in the Environmental Energy Technologies Department

Asaro, Frank, Nuclear Chemist

Baker, William R. ‘Bill’, Berkeley Lab’s First Electrical Engineer

Barnes, Arlan ‘Red’, Former Lab Rigger

Beaudrow, Michael, Accelerator Operator at the Advanced Light Source

Bieniosek, Frank, Accelerator and Fusion Research Division.  For additional information, go here.

Blair, Harold, Former Lab Firefighter

Bodvarsson, Gudmundur (Bo) S., Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

Bragg, Robert, Former Lab Researcher

Bruzzone, Carol, Retired Administrator With the Facilities Division and the Joint Genome Institute

Bruzzone, James, Facilities Retiree

Calvin, Melvin, Nobelist in Chemistry, 1961.  For additional information go here.

Cannon, Rowland M., Jr., Staff Scientist

Carroll, Bill, Former Environmental Energy Technologies Division Assistant Division Director

Cepeda, Mario, Retired Engineering Technician

Chemla, Daniel, Former Director of the Advanced Light Source

Clark, Alan R., Former Lab Senior Scientist

Connick, Robert, Retired Chemist.  For more information go here.

Crowe, Kenneth, Distinguished Nuclear Physicist.  For additional information go here.

Downing, Kenneth H., Senior Scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division

Echer, Chuck, Award-winning Scientific Research Associate at National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)

Ellis, Russell, Engineering Division

Escobar Carmen, Administrator in EETD’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Department

Eylon, Shmuel, Former Experimentalist with the Heavy Ion Fusion Sciences (HIFS) Program in the Accelerator and Fusion Division

Fraenkel, Zeev, Senior Scientist in Israel

Franck, Jack V., Prolific Inventor, One of First Two Electronic Technicians at Original Radiation Laboratory

Freedman, Stuart, Renowned Nuclear Physicist.  For more on Freedman, go here.

Garcia, Maria Elena, Former Lab Support Employee in the Directorate

Ghiorso, Albert, Nuclear Researcher and Legendary Hunter of Transuranic Elements

Gidal, George, Distinguished Physicist

Gil, Jaspal, Facilities Truck Driver

Gill-Johnson, Angela, Former Deputy Director for Operations for the Chemical Sciences Division

Glaser, Donald, Berkeley Lab Physicist, Biotech Pioneer, and Nobelist

Gold, Lois Swirsky, Long-time Member of the Life Sciences Division and Director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project

Goldhaber, Gerson, Renowned Physicist

Goldhaber, Judith (Judy), Science Writer at Berkeley Lab

Goulding, Fred, Berkeley Lab Emeritus Distinguished Staff Senior Scientist

Haller, Eugene, Leading Expert in Semiconductor Materials

Harris, William, NERSC Retiree

Harvey, Bernard, Mendelevium Co-Discoverer

Heinemann , Heinz, Senior Scientist

Henderson, Tom, Mechanical Engineering Retiree

Henle, Ingeborg, former Lab Controller

Holbrook, Stephen, Biosciences Affiliate

Hopkins, Craig, Mechanical Engineering Technician at the Advanced Light Source

Igbozurike Uba, Rudyard (Rudy), Regulatory Compliance Specialist in the Waste Management Group of the Environment, Health and Safety Division

Jackson, John David ‘J.D.,’ Theoretical Physicist

Jackson, Keith, Member of Computational Research Division’s Advanced Computing Group

Jackson-Maeda, Gail, Administrative assistant for the Advanced Computing for Science Department (ACS) in the Computational Research Division

Jacobson, Susanna, A Lab Employee for 21 years

Jacquith, Bill, Lab’s Longtime Electronic Postmaster

Kennedy, Kurt, Retired Materials Scientist in the Engineering Division

Kerth, Leroy T., Former Associate Lab Director and Senior Scientist

Killeen, John, First NERSC Director

Korneev, Valeri – Earth and Environmental Sciences Area Geophysicist

Kunkel, Wulf, Former Fusion Group Lead

Lawrence, Charles, Computer Engineer for the Telephone Systems Group, Information Technologies

Lawrence, Molly, Wife of E.O. Lawrence

Lewis, Steve, Formerly With the Lab’s Engineering Division

Lippmann, Marcelo, Geothermal Energy Pioneer

Lofgren, Ed, Legendary Lab Physicist

Loken, Stu, former deputy director of the Physics Division

Lyman, John Tompkins, Former Senior Biophysicist

Lys, Jeremy, Retired Physicist

Mast, Terry, Physicist and Astronomer

McEvilly, Thomas, Earthquake Expert

Morrissey, Elmer, Environmental Energy Technologies Division

Narasimhan, T.N., Earth and Environmental Sciences.  For more go here

Natarajan, Vijaya (Viji), Computer Systems Engineer for the Data Management Research Group in the Computational Research Division

Nelson, Chris, Microscopist at Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM),

Nelson, Jerry, Father of the Keck Telescope.  For more go here.

Nichols, Alex, Former Life Sciences Researcher

Nitsche, Heino, Leader of the Nuclear Science Division’s Heavy Element Group

Novakov, Tihomir (Tica), Senior Scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division

O’Neil, Jim, Biosciences Researcher

Pyle, Robert V., Nuclear Engineering

Ramirez, Alice, Former Creative Services Employee

Ramsey, Chris, Engineer (

Rock, Don, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area

Rosenfeld, Arthur H., Eminent Physicist, Inspirational Researcher, Energy Efficiency Maven.  For more go here, here, and here.

Ruzer, Lev, EETD Affiliate and Editor of the Aerosol Handbook

Rydberg, Björn, Life Scientist

Schipper, Leon (Lee), Environmental Energy Technologies Division

Schroeder, Ronald, Former Member of the Earth Sciences Division’s Geothermal staff

Schultz, Gene, Former Computer Security Expert

Seaborg, Glenn, Nobel Laureate Chemist, Discoverer of 10 Atomic Elements, Associate Director-at-Large of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University Professor of Chemistry for the University of California, and co-founder and chairman of the Lawrence Hall of Science

Searcy, Alan, Served as Associate Director and Head of the Lab’s Materials and Molecular Research Division (predecessor of the Materials Sciences Division)

Sessler, Andrew, Former Laboratory Director, Acclaimed Physicist and Humanitarian

Shirley, Virginia, Wife of Former LBL Director Dave Shirley and Member of the Nuclear Science Division’s Isotopes Project

Shugart, Howard, Retired Physicist

Slepoy, Alex, Computational Research Division

Smith, Lloyd, Accelerator Theorist

Smith, Neville, Advanced Light Source Scientific Director.  For more see here.

Stevens, Dave, Computing Scientist

Stevenson, Suzanne, Administrative Assistant in NERSC

Taylor, Clyde, A Pioneer of Superconducting Magnet

Thomas, Gareth, Founder of Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM).  For more information see here and here.

Tinoco, Ignacio, Former Biosciences Affiliate

Turner, James O., Mechanical Engineer

Wagman, Gary S., Computer Scientist in the Physics Division

Walters, Wiley, Retired Facilities Employee

Warnecke , Falk, Postdoctoral Fellow at the DOE JGI’s Microbial Ecology Program

Washburn, Jack, Retired Materials Sciences Principal Investigator

Weaver, Harold, Former Rad Lab Researcher

Welcome, Michael, Member of NERSC’s Mass Storage Group.  For more go here.

Westmacott, Kenneth, Former NCEM Director

White, Tara, Computing Sciences Administrator

Witherspoon, Paul A., Senior Faculty Scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley.  For more go here and here.

Zisman, Michael, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics (ATAP) Division’s Center for Beam Physics Researcher

Zumino, Bruno, Physicist and an Architect of Supersymmetry