In Memoriam

John Irvin Castor

John Irvin Castor

Feb. 3, 2021 - John Irvin Castor died Jan. 19. He was 78. John Irvin Castor of Livermore, California passed away suddenly of a suspected aneurysm on Jan. 19, 2021. Castor was born in Fresno in 1943, the youngest child of Lyle Castor and Virginia (Bragg) Castor. By…

Frank Arnold Dolbeare

Frank Arnold Dolbeare

Feb. 2, 2021 - Frank Arnold Dolbeare, former LLNL biochemist, died Jan. 25. He was 87. Dolbeare (affectionately known as “Doc”), was born March 11, 1933 in Barry, Illinois. He had great love for family and a sense of duty, so he chose to remain near his hometown of…

Tiffany Jane Ashworth

Tiffany Jane Ashworth

Jan. 29, 2021 - Tiffany Jane Ashworth died Jan. 27. She was 56. Ashworth was surrounded by her husband Charles, her children Auston and Kira, daughter-in-law Molly, and her sister April when she died. The world welcomed her on Nov. 30, 1964. She lived a full and warm…

Jerry Gaines

Jerry Gaines

Jan. 29, 2021 - Jerry Gaines died Jan. 14. Gaines was born in Whittier, to John and Josephine Gaines. He completed his higher education in Reno, graduating in 1961 from the University of Nevada with a master’s degree in physics, where he also completed his ROTC courses…

David William Dorn

David William Dorn

Jan. 25, 2021 - David William Dorn, former LLNL physicist, died Jan. 10. He was 90. Dorn was born June 25, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan to Ernest and Ruth Dorn.  He attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, to study physics on a Naval Reserve Officers Training…

Corlyn Lea Althouse

Corlyn Lea Althouse

Jan. 25, 2021 - Corlyn Lea Althouse died Dec. 17. She was 85. Althouse was born on Feb. 18, 1935 in Sparta, Wisconsin. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for more than 25 years as an administrative secretary for K and E Division and the Director’s…

Fernandes Fagundes

Fernandes Fagundes

Jan. 19, 2021 - Fernandes Fagundes died Jan. 7. He was 91. Fagundes was born in Tracy on Jan. 26, 1929. He worked with his father and two brothers maintaining and operating a dairy farm. He was the first of his family to graduate from Tracy High School. Shortly after…

Pete Nickolas

Pete Nickolas

Jan. 15, 2021 - Pete Nickolas died Jan. 1. He was 95. Nickolas was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to Louis and Diamanta Xirakis Nickolas. When he was 18, he joined the Army and enlisted at Fort Warren in Wyoming. He served in Europe and fought in…

Dale Common

Dale Common

Jan. 15, 2021 - Dale Common died Sept. 11. He was 76. Common was born July 29, 1944 in Detroit to Chet and Dorothy Common. He was a longtime Livermore resident and retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after more than 30 years.  His hobbies included…

Robert L. Morrison

Robert L. Morrison

Jan. 12, 2021 - Robert L. Morrison died Nov. 20. He was 87. Morrison, was born in Omaha, Nebraska; his family had to move to Modesto due to the Great Depression. He started work at Gallo Winery after college as their chief chemist. He moved on to Lawrence Livermore…

Rose Marie Mueller Lawson

Rose Marie Mueller Lawson

Jan. 11, 2021 - Rose Marie Mueller Lawson died Sept. 15. She was 80. Lawson was born on May 30, 1940 in Winnemucca, Nevada to Louis and Rose Mueller. The family returned to Livermore where she graduated from Livermore High School in 1958. She was working at Snow White…

Viktor Erwin Hampel

Viktor Erwin Hampel

Jan. 8, 2021 - Viktor Erwin Hampel, former LLNL physicist, died Dec. 26. He was 90. Hampel was born in Vilnius, Lithuania to Richard and Edith Hampel. In 1950, at the age of 20, he received a one-year full scholarship to study at the University of Mississippi. In…

Loren Gilmore Lundquist

Loren Gilmore Lundquist

Dec. 30, 2020 - Loren Gilmore Lundquist died Dec. 16. He was 78. Lundquist was born April 14, 1942 in Alexandria, Louisiana to Mae Lorraine (Obenland) Lundquist and Gilmore John Peter Lundquist. Graduating from Ohio's Fairborn High School in 1960, he went on to receive…

James Arthur Butler III

James Arthur Butler III

Dec. 22, 2020 - James Arthur Butler III, known as Jim, a longtime machinist at the Lab, died Nov. 17. He was 66. Butler was born in Oakland on July 25, 1954 to Kathleen and James Arthur Butler II. He was raised in Fremont and attended Chabot College. He joined Lawrence…

David Eimerl

David Eimerl

Dec. 16, 2020 - David Eimerl died July 31. He was 71. Eimerl  was born in England on Aug. 13, 1948 to Teviot Selwyn and Dulcie Guyda (Mounsey), Eimerl, attended Brasenose College at the University of Oxford, earning first-class honors (summa cum laude) in nuclear…

Calvin Henry Gillespie

Calvin Henry Gillespie

Dec. 14, 2020 - Calvin Henry Gillespie died Nov. 30. He was 82. Gillespie was born in Medford, Oregon, to Dick and Bernice Gillespie. He graduated from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon. He served eight years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Gillespie…

William Fox Scanlin

William Fox Scanlin

Dec. 9, 2020 - William Fox Scanlin, former LLNL engineer, died Sept. 2. He was 88. Scanlin was born April 16, 1932 in Philadelphia.He married the love of his life, Dori on June 26, 1954. He received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1954 from Penn…

Thomas A. Kuczmarski

Thomas A. Kuczmarski

Dec. 7, 2020 - Thomas A. Kuczmarski, former LLNL computer scientist, died Nov. 29. He was 74. Kuczmarski was born on Sept. 19, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Vincent and Virginia (Kniola) Kuczmarski. In 1963, he graduated as class valedictorian from Benedictine…

Robert Kaifer

Robert Kaifer

Nov. 30, 2020 - Robert Kaifer, former LLNL engineer, died Nov. 23. He was 93. Kaifer was born in Alameda on Feb. 28, 1927, to Clarence Robert Kaifer and Mary Christina Meiss. He was class valedictorian at San Leandro High School. After high school, he served two years…

Keith Morris McDowell

Keith Morris McDowell

Nov. 30, 2020 - Keith Morris McDowell died Sept. 22. He was 97. McDowell was born on May 4, 1923, in Hayden, Arizona. He served in WWII on Iwo Jima. After his discharge from the service, he lived in Culver City, where he met and married Lorna Jones. They were married…