Charles Durrell Hendricks, Jr.
Charles Durrell Hendricks, Jr. died July 13. He was 96.
Hendricks was born on Dec. 5, 1926, in Lewiston, Utah to Charles Durrell Hendricks and Louise McAlister. He received his bachelor of science in physics at Utah State University in 1949; his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1951 and a doctor of philosophy in physics from the University of Utah in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and during the Korean War from 1951-1952. In 1956, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois where he became a professor in the electrical engineering and nuclear engineering departments. He retired from U of I in 1976 as professor emeritus. In 1974, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to direct target fabrication research for the inertial confinement fusion program. In 1990, he retired from LLNL and joined Schafer Corporation as chief scientist, continuing target fabrication for inertial confinement fusion and overseeing a project to develop storage of hydrogen in glass shells.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Leah Grace Funk, two daughters, Katherine Hendricks (Yale Lewis) and Martha Jane Hendricks (Douglas McNutt), Seattle, Washington - and four grandchildren.