In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Clarence "Pete" Davis

June 11, 2008 - Clarence “Pete” Davis, a resident of Livermore and a former electronics engineer at the Lab, died June 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.Davis was born in Sacramento on June 6, 1946. He moved to Livermore in 1967 from Roseville and began...

Cecil Wayne Wells

June 6, 2008 - Cecil Wayne Wells, a Lab retiree and resident of Livermore, died June 6. He was 71.Wells was born March 8, 1937, in Oklahoma, the youngest of seven children.He studied mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University before moving west to work at...

George A. Michael

June 5, 2008 - Pioneering computational physicist George Michael died at his home in Livermore on June 5. He was 82.Hired as a theoretical physicist in 1953, Michael played an instrumental role in building the Laboratory’s high-performance computing program and...

James Beard

May 31, 2008 - James Beard, former Lab employee, died May 31 at his Stockton home. He was 85.Beard was born in Topeka, Kan. on Sept. 13, 1922, and lived in Tracy from 1957 to 1974. During that time, he ran for the City Council in 1964 and was involved in many...

John Michael Fitzgerald

May 26, 2008 - John Michael Fitzgerald, a former 35-year Lab employee, died May 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.Fitzgerald was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Wisconsin and lived in Superior through his high school years, leaving there to serve in the U.S....

Edward Arthur Boyrie

May 26, 2008 - Edward Arthur Boyrie, a former nuclear physicist at the Lab, died May 26. He was 83.Boyrie was born Dec. 1, 1924. He graduated from Reed College and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at the Lab before returning to Portland, Ore...

Barbara Belen Merjil

May 11, 2008 - Barbara Belen Merjil, a lifelong resident of Tracy, died of natural causes on May 11 at the Hospice House in Stockton. She was 66.Merjil was born Barbara Belen Rodriguez on March 6, 1942 in Livermore. She was a cosmetologist for 30 years in Tracy,...

Thomas Christopher Meier

May 5, 2008 - Thomas Christopher Meier, a Livermore resident, died May 5 at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. He was 52.Meier was born June 4, 1955, in Milwaukee, Wis. He received a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of...

Morgan Sparks

May 3, 2008 - Morgan Sparks, a former director of Sandia National Laboratories, inventor of the first practical transistor and a longtime civic leader in Albuquerque, died May 3 in Fullerton, Calif. He was 91.Sparks served as Sandia labs director from 1972 until...

Robert Frisbie

April 11, 2008 - Robert Frisbie, a former Lab machinist, died April 11 at Tracy Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89.Frisbie was born on April 7, 1919, in Green Bay, Wis. He was a Tracy resident for 20 years. He worked at the Lab for seven years and...

Keith A. Stribling

March 24, 2008 - Keith A. Stribling, a former machinist at the Lab, died March 24. He was 51.Born May 24, 1956, in Lodi, he had lived in Livermore since the age of 10. He worked as a project manager at Nelson Dry-wall and owned Stabling Engineering.His hobbies...

Boyd Jon Wheeler

March 23, 2008 - Boyd Jon Wheeler, a former Lab employee and Tracy resident, died March 23 in San Andreas. He was 65.Born in Ogden, Utah, Dec. 6, 1942, Wheeler lived in Tracy for 20 years. He worked as a physicist at the Lab and was a member of the Sportscopter...

John W. Taylor

March 7, 2008 - John William Taylor of Patterson, who worked as respirator technician at the Lab for five years, died March 7 in Walnut Creek. He was 56.Taylor was born Sept. 26, 1951. He was a native of Richmond and lived in Patterson five years. He previously...

Olga Geraldine Tennant Jones

March 6, 2008 - Olga Geraldine Tennant Jones of Sun City West, Ariz., died March 6. She was 84.Jones was born Sept. 17, 1923, in Waxahatchie, Texas. She moved to Dallas where she met and married Albert W. Jones, a soldier in the U.S. Army.After World War II, they...

Raellen Dorough

Feb. 26, 2008 - Raellen “Rae” Dorough died unexpectedly Feb. 26 of post-operative complications. She was 74.A native of California, she was born in Los Angeles, and was a longtime Livermore resident.In the 1950s and '60s she worked for Kaiser Steel. Later, she...

Terry Allison

Feb. 23, 2008 - Terry G. Allison, died Saturday, Feb. 23 at home. He was 63.Allison was born March 13, 1944, in Oakland, Calif. He started working at the Lab in 1961. He retired in 1988 as a senior computer associate in the Computation Directorate. He supported the...

William Marcus Miller

Feb. 19, 2008 - William Marcus Miller, a Lab employee and resident of Danville, died suddenly Feb. 19.Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 19, 1957, he was raised in several different states throughout the Midwest.He received his bachelor's degree from Western...

Evelyn Maria Da Silva

Feb. 17, 2008 - Evelyn Maria Da Silva, a Lab retiree, died Feb. 17. She was 89.Born Jan. 24, 1919, in Shanghai, China, she had been a resident of Dublin, Calif., since 1960. She retired from the Lab in 1981.She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, son Reinaldo...

Donna Parley Garka

Feb. 15, 2008 - Donna Parley Garka, a Livemore resident and former Lab employee, died Feb. 15, after battling cancer.Garka was born in Livermore in 1956. In the 1980s, she worked at the Department of Applied Science (DAS) at the Lab in support of UC Davis...

William Norwood

Feb. 13, 2008 - William Norwood, a Tracy resident and former Laboratory employee, died Feb. 13 in Stockton. He was 65.Norwood was born Nov. 26, 1942, in Oakland. He was a telephone technician for AT&T and also worked as a technician for the Lab.He enjoyed...