In Memoriam

Ray E Kidder

Ray E Kidder

Feb. 11, 2020 - Ray E Kidder died Dec. 3, 2019. He was 96. Kidder enjoyed both a long life and a long successful career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he had a major impact on programs including: the physics of nuclear weapons, inertial…

Troy Walter Barbee Jr.

Troy Walter Barbee Jr.

Feb. 5, 2020 - Troy Walter Barbee Jr. died Nov. 20, 2019. He was 82. Barbee was born in San Diego to Anita Barbee and Troy W. Barbee Sr. He attended Hoover High School, where his drive and talent brought him notice as a football player, earning an athletic scholarship…

Janette Ann Pappas

Janette Ann Pappas

Jan. 29, 2020 - Janette Ann Pappas died Jan. 17. She was 72. Pappas was born on July 18, 1947 in Stanley, North Dakota, to Herman and Elizabeth Dzubur. She attended Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo where she met her husband, Tom Pappas. They were married in 1966 and…

Mort Mendelsohn

Mort Mendelsohn

Jan. 29, 2020 - Mortimer L. “Mort” Mendelsohn, who was instrumental in bioscience research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, passed away quietly in his sleep in Pleasanton on Jan. 8. He was 94. Born in New York City in 1925, Mendelsohn graduated with a…

Francis Ree

Francis Ree

Jan. 28, 2020 - Francis Ree, a former Lab physicist, died Jan. 21, 2020. He was 84 years old. Ree was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1936, where his father, Taikyu Ree, was a professor at Kyoto Imperial University. At the end of the World War II, the family moved to South…

Jack William Brown

Jack William Brown

Jan. 27, 2020 - Jack Brown, a former Lab machinist, died Jan. 11. He was 70. Brown passed away on Jan. 11, 2020, with his wife and son by his side at his home in Coarsegold, California, after a valiant battle with ALS. He was born in Alameda and lived there until he…

John “Jack” T. Kestner

John “Jack” T. Kestner

Jan. 14, 2020 - John “Jack” T. Kestner, former LLNL mechanical draftsman, died Jan. 9. He was 93. Kestner was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 23, 1926, to Earl and Irene Kestner. He and his family moved to Pittsburg, California in 1935. He graduated from high school in 1944…

Gerald Steven Dzakowic

Gerald Steven Dzakowic

Dec. 30, 2019 - Gerald Steven Dzakowic, former LLNL engineer, died Dec. 13. He was 77. Dzakowic was born in Chicago, Illinois to Casmir and Kathrine (Sloma) Dzakowic. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1963 and master’s degree in 1964 in engineering from Michigan…

Jane King Cupps

Jane King Cupps

Dec. 20, 2019 - Jane King Cupps, former LLNL chemist, died Dec. 10. She was 84. Cupps was born in Gallup, New Mexico, on June 12, 1934, the youngest of four daughters born to Richard Lang King and Mary Biffle King. She spent her childhood in Gallup, New Mexico, and…

Josephine Anna Geraci Nagel

Josephine Anna Geraci Nagel

Dec. 3, 2019 - Josephine Anna Geraci Nagel died Nov. 25. She was 88. Nagel was born Sept. 25, 1931 to parents Michael and Sarah Geraci in New Jersey.  She grew up in Hollywood and moved to Berkeley. She graduated from Berkeley High in 1950 and married Ron Nagel in…

Donald Ritchie Lesuer

Donald Ritchie Lesuer

Nov. 22, 2019 - Donald Ritchie Lesuer died Oct. 8. He was 73. Lesuer was born on April 27, 1946, to Donald and Pearle Lesuer in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of Waltham High School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stevens Institute, and received his…

Jack Roland Matthew

Jack Roland Matthew

Nov. 21, 2019 - Jack Roland Matthews died Nov. 15. He was 91. Matthews was born in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma on Nov. 1, 1928 and moved to California in 1942. He joined the Air Force in 1946 and served until 1949. He attended San Francisco State and became one of the first …

Barbara Lee Anderson

Barbara Lee Anderson

Nov. 21, 2019 - Barbara Lee Anderson passed away on Nov. 14.  She was 88 years old.   Born on Nov. 6, 1931 in Hayward, California, she graduated from Mills College, Oakland with a bachelor of arts in 1953. She began her Laboratory career in 1956 as a personnel…

Larry Snyder

Larry Snyder

Nov. 7, 2019 - Larry Snyder died Oct. 31. He was 76. Snyder was born on July 29, 1943, in Berkeley to Imogene and Eugene Snyder. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from San Jose State College 1969. He joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in July…

Eldon Ray McClure

Eldon Ray McClure

Nov. 7, 2019 - Eldon Ray McClure, a former Lab engineer, died Aug. 27. He was 85. McClure was born in Carson, North Dakota on Dec. 31, 1933 to the late Edwin Laub Sr. and Rose Magdeline McClure (Anderson). He received his doctor of science in mechanical engineering at…

Earl Updike

Earl Updike

Nov. 7, 2019 - Earl Oliver Updike died Oct. 30. He was 64. Updike was born in Yakima, Washington on May 3, 1955, and moved to California with his family in 1956. He graduated from La Sierra High School in Carmichael in 1973. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he…

Joane Westermark

Joane Westermark

Nov. 5, 2019 - Joane Westermark died Oct. 10. She was 78. Westermark was born and raised in San Francisco to John and Marie Westermark. She graduated from Lowell High School and went on to attend San Francisco State. While there she met her first husband, Tom Davis.…

Alexander Jacob Glass

Alexander Jacob Glass

Oct. 21, 2019 - Alexander Jacob Glass, a former Lab physicist, died Oct. 18. He was 86. Glass was born Jan. 4, 1933 and grew up on a farm in Pittsfield Township outside of Oneonta, New York. After his Milford High School math teacher nominated him, he won a full…

Anthony (Tony) Cuellar

Anthony (Tony) Cuellar

Oct. 15, 2019 - Anthony (Tony) Cuellar died Aug. 28. He was 95. Cuellar was born in 1924 in Winters to Josephine Cuellar and John Ramirez. He was raised at Sky High, the family ranch, and attended Winters High. An excellent cartoonist, he was offered a job at Walt…

Donald William Garcia

Donald William Garcia

Oct. 10, 2019 - Donald William Garcia died Sept. 4. He was 88. Garcia was born Oct. 16, 1930 to a Pleasanton heritage family (Frager) dating back to the mid-1800s. He graduated from Pleasanton Elementary School in 1945 and Amador Valley High School in 1949. He enlisted…