In Memoriam

Arturo Nazareno Cairel

Arturo Nazareno Cairel

Oct. 2, 2020 - Arturo Nazareno Cairel died. He was 86. Cairel was born in Hawaii, raised in the Philippines and returned to the U.S. in 1956. He and his wife Connie met while traveling as migrant farmworkers picking fruits and vegetables in California. They were…

Dennis M. Wilson

Dennis M. Wilson

Sept. 24, 2020 - Dennis M. Wilson died Sept. 20. Wilson was born in Port Heron, Michigan to Morris Wilson and Norma (Smith) Wilson. He had one sister, Valerie Lee (Wilson) Worden, who preceded him in death. He joined the U.S.  Marine Corps in 1958. While stationed in…

Bodie Miner

Bodie Miner

Sept. 22, 2020 - Bodie Miner died July 4. He was 23. Miner was born on Jan. 21, 1997 in Pleasanton to Robert and Sheri Miner. He graduated from Foothill High School in 2015. He loved to spend time with his family and friends and enjoyed everything outdoors, including…

Donald Gerigk

Donald Gerigk

Sept. 21, 2020 - Donald Gerigk died Sept. 7. He was 86. Gerigk was born on May 10, 1934 in San Francisco to August and Clarice Gerigk. He graduated from Lick Wilmerding High School in 1952 and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from California…

Berni Alder

Berni Alder

Sept. 14, 2020 - Berni Alder, known as the father of molecular dynamics, died Sept. 7. He was 94. Alder was born in Germany, but was a Swiss citizen. In 1932, his family moved to Zurich, just before Hitler came to power. In 1941, when he was 16 years old, he fled…

John Charles Hayes

John Charles Hayes

July 23, 2020 - John Charles Hayes, LLNL physicist, died July 14. He was 57. Hayes was born to Betty and Charles Hayes in Rockford, Illinois. His earliest years were spent in Loves Park, Pecatonica and Mount Morris. He graduated from Mount Morris High School. He earned…

Leland Eldon Peck

Leland Eldon Peck

July 21, 2020 - Leland Eldon Peck, former LLNL chemist, died July 9. He was 95. Peck passed on July 9 next to his wife, Florence Ruth, who followed him shortly thereafter on July 10. He was born and raised in San Francisco and Oakland during the Depression. He…

Ronald Hafner

Ronald Hafner

July 15, 2020 - Ronald Hafner died May 6. He was 74. Hafner was born in Baltimore on Nov. 20, 1945. His family moved to San Francisco and he graduated from Alameda High School in 1962. After a stint in the Air Force, he went to work at Sandia National Laboratory where…

Patricia Ann King

Patricia Ann King

July 13, 2020 - Patricia Ann King died July 5. She was 74. King was born on April 20, 1946 to Robert and Frances McMackin in Phoenix. She attended Northern Arizona University. She married husband, Walt, in 1970 , and moved to Washington D.C. area, where their first…

Barry L. Schrader

Barry L. Schrader

July 7, 2020 - Barry L. Schrader, former community relations manager for Public Affairs, died June 30. He was 79. He was born Dec. 27, 1940, to Vernon and Margaret Schrader. He graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School in 1958 and earned a journalism degree from…

William "Ed" Alston

William "Ed" Alston

July 7, 2020 - William "Ed" Alston, a former LLNL machinist, died April 7. He was 73. Alston was born Jan. 17, 1947 in Oakland to the late William "Bill" and Gladys Alston.  He was a machinist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 42 years. He was predeceased…

John Herbert Pitts

John Herbert Pitts

July 7, 2020 - John Herbert Pitts, former LLNL engineer, died June 18. He was 88. Pitts was born April 2, 1932, in Spokane, Washington. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earned engineering degrees from Stanford University in 1955 and the University of California,…

Franklin Jay “Frank” Holcomb

Franklin Jay “Frank” Holcomb

June 29, 2020 - Franklin Jay “Frank” Holcomb died June 15. He was 92. Holcomb was born May 1, 1928, to Edgar Jay and Geraldine Ford Holcomb in Massena, New York. He graduated from Massena High School in 1946 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.…

James Esdras DeLeon

James Esdras DeLeon

June 29, 2020 - James Esdras DeLeon died June 2. He was 59. De Leon was born to Esdras DeLeon and Eloisa Hernandez on Aug. 11, 1960 in French Camp, California. He grew up in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from…

Ethan Allen Platt

Ethan Allen Platt

June 29, 2020 - Ethan Allen Platt died May 22. He was 102. Platt was born in Decatur, Illinois. While completing three years at the University of Illinois, he worked for the Illinois State Geological Survey. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1941. He was assigned…

Raymond F. Nehem

Raymond F. Nehem

June 22, 2020 - Raymond F. Nehem, a former LLNL engineer who worked in Hazards Control, died June 12. He was 79. Nehem was born in National City, California, on July 21, 1941. He attended Parris High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.…

Andrew Mabe

Andrew Mabe

June 22, 2020 - Andrew Mabe, a research chemist at the Lab, died June 14. He was 32. Mabe was born near Memphis, Tennessee, on Nov. 5, 1987, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he was a top collegiate scholar. After earning his bachelor’s degree in…

Larry M. Logory

Larry M. Logory

June 22, 2020 - Larry M. Logory died May 25. He was 52. Logory grew up in Rochester, New York. He attended Greece Athena High School and earned the honor of Eagle Scout. He earned his bachelor and master of sciences at University of Buffalo and his Ph.D. in aerospace…

John Thomas Rock II

John Thomas Rock II

June 22, 2020 - John Thomas Rock II died May 19. He was 65. Rock was born May 10, 1955 in Landstuhl, Germany, and was one of two children to Carvis and Stefanie Rock. He graduated from Livermore High School in 1974.  He worked at General Electric Vallecitos and…

Earl Freemont Worden Jr.

Earl Freemont Worden Jr.

June 16, 2020 - Earl Freemont Worden Jr. died May 22. He was 88. Worden was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Earl Freemont Worden and Nona Odiorne Worden. He attended Portsmouth High School and the University of New Hampshire, where he received a bachelor of…