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In Memoriam: Facilities Truck Driver Jaspal Gill (1974-2016)

Jaspal Gill passed away Dec. 20. Gill worked as a truck driver in the Facilities Division for the past nine years. He was 42 years old. View remembrances of Gill here.

Jan. 7 Memorial for NERSC Retiree William Harris

A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 at noon at the Graham-Hitch Mortuary (4167 First Street in Pleasanton) for William Harris, former head of NERSC’s Computer Operations and Network Support Group. He was among the key staff when NERSC moved from Livermore Lab to Berkeley Lab in 1996. Harris created and led the operations support group until retiring in 2004. More>

Former Biosciences Affiliate Ignacio Tinoco Passes Away

Tinoco, who researched RNA folding over a 60-year career, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 85. “The echoes of his discoveries are everywhere in modern biochemistry and biology. He trained generations of RNA scientists, imbuing us with his humility, rigor, and wry sense of humor,” said his former student Jody Puglisi. More>

In Memoriam: Mendelevium Co-Discoverer Bernard Harvey

Harvey (far right) died on Nov. 29 at age 97. He co-discovered element 101, mendelevium, with Glenn Seaborg in 1955. He wrote the first scientific paper on plutonium chemistry during World War II, which caught the eye of Seaborg. At Seaborg’s urging, Harvey joined the Lab in 1953 and served as director of the 88-inch cyclotron and the Nuclear Science Division before retiring.

Leroy T. Kerth, Former Associate Lab Director and Senior Scientist, Dies at 87

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>

In Memoriam: Retired Facilities Employee Wiley Walters

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.

Fund Commemorates ATAP Scientist’s Passion; Will Support Young Researchers

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>

Special Issue of ‘Water’ Dedicated to Memory of Bo Bodvarsson

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>

Physics Division Hosts Commemoration for J.D. Jackson

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.

Ed Lofgren, Pioneering ‘Rad Lab’ Physicist, Dies at 102

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>