Bill Carroll, the former assistant division director for the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, passed away in March after a four-month fight with cancer. In 1977, Carroll joined the newly formed Passive Solar Group at Berkeley Lab, and completed a doctoral degree with the Energy and Resources Group at the UC Berkeley. He retired from the Lab in 2005, following a distinguished career developing simulation programs for analyzing energy efficiency in building design. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Lawrence Hall of Science, the National Center for Science and Education, the Rockport Art Association, or Kaiser Permanente Oakland Hospice.
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Charles Lawrence of the IT Division passed away on May 18 at the age of 54. He started at the Lab in 1976. Lawrence was a computer engineer for the Telephone Systems Group. For the past five years, Chuck supported the group’s centralized backup services. A service will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda (2694 Blanding Ave.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Harold Blair, who started his firefighting career at Berkeley Lab in 1973, died on April 28. He was 61 years old. The Lab fire department merged with the Alameda County Fire Department in August 2002, and Blair continued working at the Lab as part of the ACFD. He retired in 2007 after 34 years of service.
George Gidal, a distinguished experimental particle physicist and longtime member of the Physics Division, died March 1st at the age of 78. He joined Berkeley Lab as a new postdoc in 1961, met his wife, Toby, a computer programmer, here, and based his entire career at the Lab, where he was also an early member of Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov, and Sharansky (SOS). Gidal retired in 1999 but remained active in physics until 2004, contributing to many important 20th-century discoveries that elucidated fundamental particles and interactions, with a special interest in matter-antimatter asymmetry. More>
Alex Slepoy of the Computational Research Division’s Complex Systems Group passed away on March 19. He was 50 years old. Slepoy was a computer systems engineer that worked on developing high performance methods in scientific computing. He started work at the Lab in 2011, and was an affiliate from 1997 to 2000. Slepoy worked on several research projects, including a feasibility study for analyzing radiation-sensing data and on the CRD cybersecurity project. Before joining Berkeley Lab, he spent three years managing a modeling and simulation program for the National Nuclear Security Agency, and prior to that developed massively parallel codes in computational biology, chemistry and materials science at Sandia National Laboratories.
Donald Arthur Glaser, a Nobel-prize winning physicist who reinvented himself as a biotech pioneer and later dove into the field of neurobiology, died in his sleep Thursday morning, Feb. 28, at his home in Berkeley. He was 86. Glaser, a professor emeritus of physics and of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab life scientist, won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the bubble chamber, a device that allowed scientists to track the paths of electrons, protons and other elementary particles after collisions, which led the discovery of whole families of new particles. More>
Alan Searcy, who served as associate director and head of the Lab’s Materials and Molecular Research Division (predecessor of the Materials Sciences Division) from 1980 to 1984, passed away on Nov. 5 in Walnut Creek. Searcy joined the UC Berkeley engineering faculty in 1954 and remained a professor there for more than 50 years. Searcy achieved many accolades, including the Fulbright Lectureship (1960), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1967) and the Miller Research Professorship (1970-71). He was a charter member of the World Academy of Ceramics, an AAAS fellow and an American Ceramic Society fellow. Searcy served the Berkeley campus in a number of capacities, including appointments as Vice Chancellor from 1964-67.
“Stuart was a truly remarkable scientist, with extraordinarily diverse interests, and still very much at the height of his powers,” says James Symons, Nuclear Science Division director, of Stuart Freedman, who passed away suddenly on Nov. 9 while attending a scientific conference. “It is somehow fitting that he spent his last few days with close friends, actively engaged in discussing new ways to make fundamental measurements requiring deep insight and ingenuity. We have lost a great physicist, but I can’t imagine that he would have wanted to leave us in any other way.” More>
John Killeen, the founding director of what is now known as the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), died August 15, 2012 at age 87. Killeen led the Center from 1974 until 1990, when he retired. The Department of Energy conferred its highest honor, the Distinguished Associate Award, on Killeen in 1980 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the magnetic fusion energy program. More>
Chuck Echer, who played a central role in establishing the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) as a national user facility after he joined Berkeley Lab in 1984, died at his home in Pollock Pines on June 12. He was 71. As an award-winning Scientific Research Associate at NCEM for 18 years until his retirement in 2001, he was largely responsible for making the Analytical Electron Microscope the world’s most accurate source of x-ray microanalytical data for many years. Escher was also a long-tine, avid fly-fisherman who over several decades trained hundreds in fishing and fly-tying. More>