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.
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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.
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>
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.
Wulf Kunkel, a physicist who joined Berkeley Lab in 1956 and retired in 1991, passed away on Sept. 3. Kunkel served as the lead of the Fusion Research Group at the Lab from 1971 to 1991. After his retirement, he continued as an affiliate of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. He was also a professor at UC Berkeley, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Kunkel’s research focused on astrophysics, basic aspects of plasma physics, controlled nuclear fusion power, developing novel powerful deuterium injectors for heating, ionization phenomena in gases, physics, plasma in the large magnetic confinement fusion experiments, and space sciences.
Fred Goulding, a Berkeley Lab Emeritus Distinguished Staff Senior Scientist, passed away on July 2. He was 88 years old. He was a staff member from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. Goulding was a pioneer in the application of modern electronics to nuclear physics research He was internationally recognized for the development and application of semiconductor radiation detectors, and was among the earliest to implement computer control and data acquisition methods for science. He served as group leader in the Nuclear Chemistry Division (now Nuclear Science), and a department head in the Engineering Division. More>
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.
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.
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.
“Chuck’s love of job and people at LBNL was shown to his family by your sharing his LBNL life with us. Words of thanks are felt by all!”
Sincerely, Family of Charles (Chuck) Lawrence
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.