Alice Ramirez, who retired from the Lab’s Public Affairs Department in 2010 after a 39-year career at Berkeley Lab, died on July 20 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 63. Ramirez joined the Lab in 1970 in what was then the Technical Information Department (now the Creative Services Office). She was hired as a compositor — which involved the composition of text, drawings, and photographs in preparation for printing — and later became a typist and word processor. Ramirez continually updated her skills and became indispensable in CSO, doing graphics, layout and poster printing. Ramirez was famous for her tamales, which were sold at the annual Christmas Crafts Fair. She donated the proceeds to LANA (Latin American Native American), an organization she started to help low-income Hispanic students entering college (she is pictured on left with a scholarship recipient). Ramirez is survived by her son Stephen and many brothers and sisters. Services will be held tonight at Wilson & Kratzer Mission Bells Chapel in San Pablo. Viewing is 4 to 9 p.m. and the service is at 7 p.m.
In Memoriam: Creative Service’s Alice Ramirez (1949-2013)
July 25, 2013