In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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Robert (Bud) Golden Koger

Nov. 5, 2008 - Robert Golden Koger, a retired Lab engineer, died at his home in Nampa, Idaho, on Nov. 5. He was 91.Born in 1917 in Beaumont, Calif., he was the fourth of six children of Hazel and Robert G. Koger Sr.After graduating in 1935 from Banning Union High...

Samuel B. Lewis

Nov. 3, 2008 - Samuel Lewis, a Lab retiree who had worked at the Nevada Test Site, died Nov. 3. He was 81.Born Nov. 26, 1926, in Marysville, Ohio, Lewis moved from California to Nevada in late 1960 to work at the Nevada Test Site for the Laboratory in the...

James L. Cain

Nov. 1, 2008 - James (Jim) Cain, a Labor Relations attorney at LLNL, died suddenly in a chain reaction accident while driving on a Solano County highway Nov. 1. He was 64.Cain was a resident of Moraga for 28 years. He earned his master’s degree in education and a...

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Paula E. Low

Oct. 27, 2008 - Paula Low, a long-time Lab employee and Livermore resident, died Oct. 27, after battling breast cancer for one year.Low was born in Richmond, Ky. to Roland and Dovie Yost. Due to her father’s career in the military, she was well traveled and lived...

Luster Knight

Oct. 24, 2008 - Luster Knight, a former LLNL firefighter, died Oct. 24, after a year of battling lymphoma. He was 59.Knight’s 41-year career as a firefighter began in 1966 when he volunteered at the Camp Parks Job Corps Center in Dublin. In the summer of 1968,...

LeRoy Perres Althouse

Oct. 20, 2008 - LeRoy Perres Althouse died Oct. 20, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.Althouse was born on April 2, 1926, with ancestry from Berks County, Penn.He started his career in science as a medical technician who set up medical clinics for the U....

William Edwards

Oct. 14, 2008 - William "Bill" T. Edwards, a long-time Lab employee who worked for 33 years at the Nevada Test Site, died Oct. 14. He was 83.Born July 4, 1925, Edwards was born on a farm in Graves County, Ky. He was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war...

Bill Sanders

Sept. 26, 2008 - Bill (Sandy) Sanders died Sept. 26, after a long battle with lung and brain cancer He was 70.He was born in Shawnee, Okla. on Oct. 27, 1937, but lived the majority of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area.After three years in the U.S. Navy, he...

Richard Ratowsky

Sept. 13, 2008 - Richard Ratowsky, physicist, engineer, musician, wine and fine food connoisseur, and avid runner, died Sept. 13, after a brief and unexpected illness. He was 49.Born Oct. 21, 1958, Ratowsky earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in...

John Chihil

Sept. 5, 2008 - John William Chihil, Sr., a resident of Modesto, died Sept. 5. He was 78.Chihil was born in Lakewood, Ohio, Aug. 5, 1930. He worked as a Protective Service Officer at the Lab for 21 years, retiring in 1993.He is survived by his wife, Josephine...

George Wilson

Sept. 3, 2008 - George B. Wilson, a long-time resident of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., died Sept. 3, after a short illness. He was 86.Born April 27, 1922, in La Madera, N.M., he joined the military in November 1943 serving during World War II as a private first class...

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Ralph Jacobs

Aug. 29, 2008 - Services will be held Tuesday (Sept. 9) in Pleasanton for electro-optics entrepreneur and LLNL laser scientist Ralph Jacobs, who died in his sleep at home on Aug. 29. He was 65.Jacobs worked at the Laboratory in two stints, from 1972 to 1980 and...

LeRoy Green

Aug. 28, 2008 - LeRoy George Green, a resident of Livermore for 54 years and a Lab retiree died August 28 at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton. He was 77.Born in Petaluma, Calif. during the Depression, he worked from an early age to help support himself. He...

Harold Pfeifer

Aug. 27, 2008 - Harold Pfeifer, a resident of Livermore and Lab retiree, died Aug. 27 after a rapid decline following several years of treatment for prostate cancer. He was 78.Pfeifer was born in Urbana, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois and...

Charles Black

Aug. 19, 2008 - Charles Merlyn Black, a resident of Livermore and a Lab retiree, died Aug. 19. He was 71.Born Sept. 17, 1936 in Prairie City, Ore., he was the only son of the late Charles and Lola Black of Mount Vernon, Ore. After graduating high school in 1958, he...

Charles Smith

Aug. 15, 2008 - Charles Wesley Smith, a Lab retiree, died Aug. 15 in Livermore. He was 87.Born October 15, 1920 in Superior, Wyo., he served in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years and retired as a 1st Sergeant.He worked at the Lab for 16 years.He was a...

Ronald Hill

Aug. 14, 2008 - Ronald Ray Hill, a resident of Livermore and a Lab retiree, died at his home on Aug. 14 from brain cancer.He was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Fresno, Calif., to Ray and Velma Hill. He served with the Marines in Korea in 1950 aboard the USS Toledo. He...

David Holten

Aug. 13, 2008 - David Charles Holten died Aug. 13 at the Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.Holten was raised in Tulsa and Alva, Okla. After high school, he worked as an underground laborer in the mines near Vail, Colo. He then attended the Colorado School of Mines...

Charles Farrell

Aug. 12, 2008 - Charles Lee Farrell, a resident of Livermore and a Lab retiree, died Aug. 12. He was 80.Born Aug. 15, 192,7 in Wewoka, Okla., Farrell was the only son of the late Flossie and James Farrell of Modesto. He moved to Oakland in 1941.He started at the...

Darleen McDaniel

July 16, 2008 - Darleen McDaniel died July 16 in Pleasanton.McDaniel worked at the Lab as a drafting superintendent in the Nuclear Test Engineering Division for about 25 years before retiring in 1986. Services were held July 21 in Pleasanton.Donations may be made...