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In Memoriam: NCEM’s Chuck Echer (1941-2012)

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>


  1. I am really sad about Chuck’s death. I worked with him intensively during my stay in 1997-98 and later. I leaned from him everything I know about analytical microscopy. He was a great guy. His sense of humor was very helpful one those days that you had to be in the microscope for hours and hours. May he rest in peace.

  2. I worked with Chuck for many years before I retired. He was always genial and an ideal work mate. I wish his family solace.