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In Memoriam: Maria Elena Garcia (1937-2018)

Former Lab employee Maria Elena Garcia passed away on March 7, after a long illness; she was 80 years old. Garcia joined the Lab on April 21, 1959, and worked in the Director’s Office for 37 years in support of three Lab directors — Andy Sessler, Dave Shirley, and Chuck Shank — until she retired on April 5, 1997. She was a highly regarded member of the Directorate who was deeply devoted to the Lab. Garcia’s service will take place on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery and Funeral Center in San Pablo.


  1. Maria was a treasured member of the Director’s Office team, always ready to help with whatever it took to facilitate the task at hand, working with a wide variety of people who came to the Lab, and always treat each individual with the utmost courtesy. She was loved by all who knew her.