In Memoriam

Mary Jane Spletter

Mary Jane Spletter

May 27, 2021 - Mary Jane Spletter died May 6. She was 74. Spletter was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Nov. 28, 1946, to Mary Elizabeth (Kelly) Spletter and Norman Julius Spletter. Very early on she developed a love of writing, journalism in particular, and served as…

Jeffery Taylor Huntsman

Jeffery Taylor Huntsman

May 25, 2021 - Jeffery Taylor Huntsman died March 13. He was 62. Huntsman was born in Barberton, Ohio to Violet Huntsman of West Virginia. The family moved to Oakland and later to San Ramon. He graduated from California High School in 1976 and soon after joined the…

Hans J “Hannie” Bonde

Hans J “Hannie” Bonde

May 13, 2021 - Hans J “Hannie” Bonde died April 30. He was 86. Bonde was born and raised in Pleasanton and has lived in Livermore, Acampo, and lastly Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1953, where he played football. He was a U.S. Army…

Jane T. Staehle

Jane T. Staehle

April 29, 2021 - Jane T. Staehle died April 23. She was 82. Staehle was born Margaret Jane Tener on April 3, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, to Eva and Carlton Glen Tener. Her only sibling was a sister, Gladys Elizabeth (Betty) Tener (later Betty T. Welsbacher), 14 years her…

Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky

Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky

April 7, 2021 - Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky died March 15. He was 88. Waschkowsky was born on June 18, 1932 in San Diego and grew up in Oakland. He went to work at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1960. He was a technical coordinator when he retired in the early ’90s.…

Edward Bettencourt

Edward Bettencourt

April 2, 2021 - Edward Bettencourt died March 21. He was 100. Bettencourt was born in Livingston, California, on July 11, 1920. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served the nation for four years. After his service, he continued his education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo…

Steven Scott Falke

Steven Scott Falke

April 2, 2021 - Steven Scott Falke died March 23. He was 68. Falke was born in Ceres to Walter and Afton Falke July 16, 1952. He grew up in Hilmar. He attended Stanislaus State and University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his electrical engineering degree and…

James Steven Furr

James Steven Furr

March 29, 2021 - James Steven Furr died March 15. He was 84. Furr was born May 24, 1936 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Joe Mike and Eunice Irene (Foster) Furr. He was the eldest of four children. At a young age, his family moved to Kentucky, then at the age of 14 they…

Tomas Aindrias O'Shea

Tomas Aindrias O'Shea

March 29, 2021 - Tomas Aindrias O'Shea died March 18. He was 90. O'Shea was born on Nov. 28, 1930 in Annascaul, County Kerry, Ireland. He emigrated from Ireland to Oakland on April 1, 1955. He was drafted into the Army December 1955. He used the GI Bill to obtain…

Michael Whiting Magee

Michael Whiting Magee

March 22, 2021 - Michael Whiting Magee died March 12. He was 82. Magee was born Aug. 24, 1938 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth and Francis Magee of Narberth. He started his lifelong fire service career as a volunteer fireman at age 16, with the Narberth Fire…

William B. Shuler

William B. Shuler

March 16, 2021 - William B. Shuler, a longtime Laboratory employee and former associate director, was killed in an accident Wednesday evening, March 10, 2021, near his home in Port Angeles, Washington. He was 81. Shuler was born in Berkeley, California and well-traveled…

Gary A. Burginyon

Gary A. Burginyon

March 12, 2021 - Gary A. Burginyon died Feb. 24. He was 85. Burginyon grew up in Spokane, Washington, and attended Washington State University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa recipient. He came to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1968 after receiving his…

Janet Elaine Hauber

Janet Elaine Hauber

March 10, 2021 - Janet Elaine Hauber died Feb. 27. She was 83. Hauber is a founding member of the Texas Republic Ranches Legacy Foundation and served on the board of directors. She retired in 2004 after a 34-year career with the University of California at which time…

Frederick Anthony Lema

Frederick Anthony Lema

Feb. 26, 2021 - Frederick Anthony Lema died Feb. 19. He was 99. Lema was born Oct. 12, 1921, to Anthony and Anna (Silva) Lema, in Newman. He worked with his father for many years on the family dairy. He married Mary Mendoca in 1944. They had four children, Judi Lema (…

Mary (Tolle) Strain

Mary (Tolle) Strain

Feb. 26, 2021 - Mary (Tolle) Strain died Feb. 15. She was 87. Strain was born on April 3, 1933, in Livermore. She attended St. Michael’s School and graduated from Livermore High School in 1951. After graduation, she went to work for California Research and Development(…

Bruce Walter Shore

Bruce Walter Shore

Feb. 16, 2021 - Bruce Walter Shore died Jan. 9. He was 85. Shore was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Visalia, and graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1952. He graduated from the College of the Pacific in 1956 and earned a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of…

Charles "Chuck" Anthony Hurley

Charles "Chuck" Anthony Hurley

Feb. 8, 2021 - Charles "Chuck" Anthony Hurley died Jan. 28. He was 93. Hurley was born in San Francisco, on Aug. 13, 1927. He was a retiree of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He worked there for more than five decades and was immensely proud of his many…

Rose Marie Mueller Lawson

Rose Marie Mueller Lawson

Feb. 8, 2021 - Rose Marie Mueller Lawson died Sept. 15. She was 80. Lawson was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, to Louis and Rose Mueller. The family moved to Livermore, where she grew up on South L Street, attended 5th Street School, and graduated from Livermore High…

William George “Bill” Sutcliffe

William George “Bill” Sutcliffe

Feb. 8, 2021 - William George “Bill” Sutcliffe, former LLNL physicist, died Jan. 10. He was 83. Sutcliffe was a University of Michigan alumni and former U.S. Navy officer. He and wife Sally had lived in Livermore since 1968, when he began a career as a nuclear…

John Trenholme

John Trenholme

Feb. 5, 2021 - John Trenholme died Nov. 23. He was 81. John Trenholme, a pioneer in laser physics who left a lasting impact on the field, passed away from a rare neurological illness on Nov. 23, 2020. He was 81.  Much of Trenholme’s work came to fruition in the…