Leroy T. “Roy” Kerth, who had served as associate director and senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and contributed to the Bevatron and other particle physics experiments at SLAC and Fermi national labs, died in his sleep Nov. 7, at age 87. Kerth had also served as UC Berkeley associate dean and physics professor. More>
Retired Facilities Division employee Wiley Walters passed away on Nov. 9. Wiley worked at the Lab for over 15 years. During that time, he was a Shuttle Bus Lead Driver and also managed the Facilities Tool Crib. Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the St. Paul AME Church, 2024 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley, at 11 a.m.
Through the Berkeley Lab Foundation, the widow of Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics scientist Michael Zisman has created a fund in his honor to help support young ATAP researchers. “Mike was always investing in the people who do the science, promoting care for one another,” she said. “We want that passion for young people in science to continue.” More>
It has been nearly 10 years since former Earth Sciences Division Director Gudmundur (Bo) Bodvarsson passed away. His scientific legacy will be commemorated in a special issue of the journal Water. Manuscripts are now being accepted. EESA’s Boris Faybishenko will serve as guest editor. More>
The Physics Division hosted an event on September 26 to honor the memory of longtime lab physicist and UC Berkeley physics professor J.D. Jackson. The event concluded with the dedication of a new interaction space, the J. D. Jackson Discussion Room. Go here for more on the event, including photos, agenda, and additional details.
Lofgren, who died on Sept. 6, played key roles in many projects throughout the Lab’s history. He was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence, and chief physicist for the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron. He also served as associate laboratory director, and was the first director of the Accelerator Division. He retired in 1979. More>
The 9 a.m. to noon event in the Building 50 Auditorium will recognize the contributions of John David “J.D.” Jackson — physicist, teacher, and author — to the Lab and physics community. Jackson, who wrote the popular book “Classical Electrodynamics,” died May 20 at the age of 91. Go here to view a list of speakers, and here for information on a Sept. 24 memorial service.
Edward Lofgren (2nd from right), a physicist hired by E.O Lawrence who worked on an early isotope-separating cyclotron, participated in the Manhattan Project, and oversaw the operation of the Bevatron accelerator as its first director when the antiproton was discovered there, died Sept. 5, at the age of 102. A full obit, including memorial service details, will appear in TABL in the coming days.
Bruzzone recently passed away at the age of 83. He worked at the Lab from 1958 to 1995, serving as the technical supervisor of the Labor Shop in Facilities. He spent many years supporting the infrastructure of the Bevatron. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, followed by a reception.
Lys passed away earlier this month from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. In 1993 he began particle physics research at Berkeley Lab, joining the group working on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. Later he contributed to the preparation of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He left the Lab in 2013. More>