In Memoriam

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…

Lino Giovacchini

Lino Giovacchini

Nov. 9, 2020 - Lino Giovacchini died Oct. 29. He was 80. Giovacchini was born in French Camp on Aug. 14, 1940 to the parents of Narciso and Regina Giovacchini. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1958. He married Linda Fay Given on July 27, 1963. After high…

Claudia Cecile Watkins

Claudia Cecile Watkins

Nov. 9, 2020 - Claudia Cecile Watkins died Oct. 13. She was 80. Watkins was born on Aug. 7, 1940 in Phoenix. She spent most of her early years growing up in San Francisco, attending Galileo High School. It was in the city where she met her husband of 44 years, Donald…

William McLellan Cook

William McLellan Cook

Nov. 2, 2020 - William McLellan Cook, former LLNL engineer and machinist, died Aug. 8. He was 72. Cook was born on June 5, 1948 in Berkeley to parents William and Mary Cook. The family moved to San Jose in 1957. He graduated in 1966 from Campbell High School, and then…

Mary Gunn

Mary Gunn

Oct. 20, 2020 - Mary Gunn died Oct. 5. She was 85. Gunn was born in San Francisco and lived in Sebastopol until her early teens, when the family moved to Oakland. She was an honor student and yell leader at Oakland High School, where she graduated in 1953. She was a…

Anne Kitchen

Anne Kitchen

Oct. 12, 2020 - Anne Kitchen died Oct. 6. She was 94. Kitchen was born to Astrig and Loris Boloyan on Sept. 5, 1926 in France. Along with her family, she braved the toils of war-torn Europe and in 1951, immigrated with her family to the United States. Shortly after…

Rollo Don Breithaupt

Rollo Don Breithaupt

Oct. 9, 2020 - Rollo Don Breithaupt died Sept. 23. Breithaupt worked at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for 35 years. He had a photography studio and for years was very active in the art department of the Alameda County Fair. His greatest joys were spending time with…

Raymond Thomas Devany

Raymond Thomas Devany

Oct. 9, 2020 - Raymond Thomas Devany died Oct. 2. He was 94. Devany was born on Feb. 12, 1926, in Livermore, to Oliver and May Devany. He served in the Army’s 76th infantry in Western Europe, leaving to support the war effort during his senior year in high school.…

Lionel Avila

Lionel Avila

Oct. 9, 2020 - Lionel Avila died Sept. 16. He was 86. Avila was born in Oakland to Anthony and Emelinda Avila. He attended Frick Grammar School and Fremont High School, graduating in 1952. When he graduated from high school, he enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard,…

Charles D. Ulrich

Charles D. Ulrich

Oct. 7, 2020 - Charles D. Ulrich died April. 23. He was 74. Ulrich was born in Astoria, New York on April 24, 1941. He served in the Vietnam War as a Navy airplane electrician from 1963-1967 on the U.S.S. Coral Sea. After an honorable discharge, he married his wife…

Frances F. Shand

Frances F. Shand

Oct. 2, 2020 - Frances F. Shand died Sept. 9. She was 95. Shand was born on Nov. 4, 1924 to Frank and Anna Tennyson in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from St. Theresa's Catholic High School. At 21, she moved to California. Once her children were in high school, she…

Gary Lea Hickman

Gary Lea Hickman

Oct. 2, 2020 - Gary Lea Hickman died Sept. 10. He was 86. Hickman was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Kansas City to Eugene and Bernice (Williams) Hickman. He graduated from Alameda High in 1952. He attended Laney Trade School in Oakland and Contra Costa Junior College. He was…

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…

Oliver Thomas Martin

Oliver Thomas Martin

Oct. 2, 2020 - Oliver Thomas Martin died Jan. 20. He was 90. Martin and family lived in Livermore during his 31-year career with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he retired in 1987 as a senior technologist. He was an Army veteran and served for more than…

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…