Posts Tagged ‘In Memoriam’

In Memoriam: Andrew Sessler (1928-2014)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Andrew Marienhoff Sessler passed away today (April 18, 2014), following a long illness. He was 85. The former director of Berkeley Lab was a visionary in accelerator and energy sciences, and was instrumental in the worldwide effort to liberate scientists suffering from political oppression. More>

Memorial Service for Suzanne Stevenson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A public memorial service will be held for Suzanne Stevenson at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the El Cerrito Kingdom Hall, located at 532 Elm Street. Stevenson, who died Feb. 16, was working as an administrative assistant at NERSC and had filled other roles within Computing Sciences since 2006, starting out in the Computational Research Division. El Cerrito Kingdom Hall is a three-minute walk from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. Parking is limited.

March 8 Memorial Service for Computing’s Gail Jackson-Maeda

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, for Gail Jackson-Maeda, a Berkeley Lab administrative assistant who died Feb. 5 after a long battle with cancer. The service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Unity Center, 1871 Geary Road, in Walnut Creek. Jackson-Maeda joined Berkeley Lab in 2008 and was the administrative assistant for the Advanced Computing for Science Department (ACS) in the Computational Research Division. Memorial donations may be made to any breast cancer research program. She is survived by her husband and son.

In Memoriam: Gareth Thomas (1932–2014)

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Gareth Thomas, founder of Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and one of the world’s foremost experts on electron microscopy, passed away on Feb. 7. He was 81. Thomas (pictured in 1966), along with Robert Glaeser and John Cowley, proposed in 1976 the establishment of a national electron microscopy center that would feature microscopes capable of “seeing” atoms. Thomas oversaw the construction of NCEM, which was officially dedicated in 1983, and served as its director until 1991. In 2006, he was named UC Berkeley’s Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. More>

In Memoriam: NERSC’s Michael Welcome; Memorial Gathering Pending

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Michael Welcome, a member of NERSC’s Mass Storage Group, collapsed at work last Thursday, and subsequently died. He was 56. The A celebration of his life will be organized at a later date and details will follow. Welcome spent his entire career working for computing organizations at Berkeley and Livermore Labs. During his 30-year career, Welcome made significant contributions in the areas applied mathematics, system administration and improving the efficiency of high performance computing systems. More>

In Memorium: Former Lab Earth Scientist Ronald Schroeder (1934-2013)

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Ronald Schroeder, a member of the Earth Sciences Division’s geothermal staff between 1976 and 1980, passed away on Dec. 22. He was 79. A geothermal reservoir engineer, Schroeder was very active in the development of numerical modeling and well testing techniques, and in evaluating geothermal fields within the U.S., Italy, and Mexico. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Berkeley Tennis Club (1 Tunnel Road, Berkeley). More>

In Memoriam: Engineering Retiree Tom Henderson

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Tom Henderson, who worked as a mechanical engineer for the Lab from 1961 to 2000, passed away on Nov. 8. He worked on the 88″ Cyclotron, Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator, and the Bevatron, He was also in charge of installation during the construction of the Advanced Light Source. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Lafayette United Methodist Church.

In Memoriam: Materials Scientist Jack Washburn (1921-2013)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Retired materials sciences principal investigator Jack Washburn passed away on Oct. 26 at the age of 92. During his Ph.D. study at UC Berkeley, he served in the US Navy in the World War II. He returned to Berkeley after the war and joined the UC Berkeley as a professor in the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering. While there he piloted research in materials properties, dislocations, and ion implantation semiconductors. He pioneered the application of the transmission electron microscopy of dislocations in semiconductor materials. He retired from teaching in 1981 but continued research at Berkeley Lab until 2002.

In Memoriam: Computing Scientist David Stevens

Monday, October 14th, 2013

David Stevens (right), whose lab career spanned 40 years, has died. He began his career as a mathematical programmer in Bldg. 46 and was serving as the lab’s liaison to DOE, reviewing directives and formulating responses, when he retired in December 1997. Hired in 1960, Stevens continued working at the lab as a guest scientist until 2000. Along the way, he had a stint as a computing consultant at CERN, worked with many of the lab’s supercomputers in the 1960s and ‘70s, and headed the computer security program. More>

In Memoriam: CRD’s Keith Jackson

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Keith Jackson, a member of the Computational Research Division’s Advanced Computing Group, passed away on Sept. 18 after a 20-month battle with cancer. He was at the Lab for 15 years. His research spanned the development of Python interfaces for the Globus Toolkit® to working on Mickey Hart’s project to ‘sonify’ the universe. Donations in Jackson’s honor can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Foundation, or any organization that provides musical instruments and/or instruction for school children.