In Memoriam

Heiner Walter Meldner

Heiner Walter Meldner

June 5, 2019 - Heiner Walter Meldner, a former Lab physicist, died May 24. He was 80. Meldner was born on May 21,1939 in Koenigsberg/Prussia, Germany, the second of four children. In 1965 he obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Frankfurt,…

Malcolm Herbert Mac Gregor

Malcolm Herbert Mac Gregor

May 21, 2019 - Malcolm Herbert Mac Gregor, a former Lab physicist, died April 19. He was 92. Mac Gregor was born on April 24, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, as the oldest of three sons born to Herbert Mac Gregor and Mary Horvath. He served in the U.S. Navy during World…

Jack Eugene Duncan

Jack Eugene Duncan

May 16, 2019 - Jack Eugene Duncan, a former Lab engineer, died May 2. He was 94. Duncan passed away at his Newcastle home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his daughter Carla Cox, son David (Judy) Duncan, and daughter Linda (Neil) Wyse. Other survivors…

Johnnie Shell

Johnnie Shell

May 14, 2019 - Johnnie Shell, a longtime computer technologist, died April 29. He was 74. Shell was born on Oct. 23, 1945 in Leland, Mississippi. He was the second of three children born to Joe and Isabell Shell. He graduated from Broad Street High School in 1963 and…

Jeffrey Koch

Jeffrey Koch

May 9, 2019 - Jeffrey Koch, a former Lab researcher, died May 2. Easily characterized as an innovator, Koch had a decades-long career in inertial confinement fusion and high energy density research. He received his bachelor's degree with honors from Michigan State…

Dorothy Ann (Conner) Pontsler

Dorothy Ann (Conner) Pontsler

May 1, 2019 - Dorothy Ann (Conner) Pontsler died April 11. She was 87. Pontsler was born on March 9, 1932, in Spokane, Washington. As a young girl, she lived in Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, sang and…

Jessica Ann Haynie-Rippee

Jessica Ann Haynie-Rippee

April 29, 2019 - Jessica Ann Haynie-Rippee died April 25. She was 39. Rippee was born Aug 9, 1979 in Livermore to Jerry & Deanna Haynie. After attending Phoenix High School, she spent two years at Las Positas before getting her first job at Music World in Dublin. …

Ralph William Greenlee, Jr

Ralph William Greenlee, Jr

March 18, 2019 - Ralph William Greenlee Jr. died February 28. He was 85. Greenlee was born in Denver, Colorado on May 5, 1933, the only child of Ralph Sr. and Marian. They moved to the Midwest shortly thereafter, eventually settling in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from…

Alan Ronald Mathews

Alan Ronald Mathews

March 11, 2019 - Alan Ronald Mathews died March 7. He was 75. Mathews was born in Woodridge, New Jersey, to Howard and Anne Mathews and relocated with his family to California in 1951. He graduated from Washington High School in Fremont in 1961 and joined the California…

Tammi Ann Moore

Tammi Ann Moore

March 4, 2019 - Tammi Ann Moore died Feb. 14. She was 48.   Moore grew up in Livermore and attended Livermore High School and then Oregon State.  She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the IT field for 10 years before leaving the Lab to work at…

Milton Finger

Milton Finger

Feb. 25, 2019 - Milton (Milt) Finger died Feb. 11, 2019. He was 83. Finger, beloved father, husband, grandfather, companion, and friend died unexpectedly on February 11, 2019, while recovering from back surgery at home in Livermore, California. He was known by family…

Phillip Allan Work

Phillip Allan Work

Feb. 21, 2019 - Phillip Allan Work, a mechanical engineer and senior design associate, died Nov. 18, 2018. He was 90. Work was born in 1928 in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, receiving a degree in architecture. He served in the Army during the…

Hasel (Jim) James Slone Jr.

Hasel (Jim) James Slone Jr.

Feb. 13, 2019 - Hasel (Jim) James Slone Jr. Hasel (Jim) James Slone Jr. died Feb. 17, 2018. He was 81. He attended Ohio State University, graduating with a doctorate of physics. From 1953 to 1957, he served in the Navy. He then was hired as a physicist in B Division…

Scott Lee Ray

Scott Lee Ray

Feb. 11, 2019 - Scott Lee Ray died Jan. 16, 2019. He was 62. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Michigan State University where he received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. He earned his PhD in the same field from the University of…

Dixie Bates Wood

Dixie Bates Wood

Feb. 11, 2019 - Dixie Bates Wood died Feb. 5, 2019. She was 90. She was born at Lakeside, Arizona, the 10th of 11 children of LaSelle and Nellie Mae Bates. She attended Phoenix Union High School with her twin sister Wynne and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency…

Frederick "Fred" Earle Hammer

Frederick "Fred" Earle Hammer

Feb. 5, 2019 - Frederick "Fred" Earle Hammer died Dec. 14, 2018. He was 90 years old. After graduating from Oakland High School Hammer served in the Army during the Korean War. Hammer was a proud journeyman electrician and 70-year member of the International…

Loren Arthur Jacobson

Loren Arthur Jacobson

Feb. 4, 2019 - Loren Arthur Jacobson died Dec. 26, 2018. He was 80 years old. Jacobson was born Aug. 20, 1938, in St. Peter, Minnesota, the son of Loraine K. Hansen and Arthur L. Jacobson. As the family moved, he attended school in Seattle; Limerick, Ireland; Billings…

William Blevins

William “Bill” K. Blevins

Jan. 24, 2019 - William “Bill” K. Blevins died Dec. 22, 2018. He was 72. He was born on Nov. 8, 1946, in Middletown, Ohio, to the late William and Della Jean (Baker) Blevins. He worked more than 40 years as a recognized tritium specialist with the U.S. Department of…

Albert J. Rothman

Albert J. Rothman

Jan. 23, 2019 - Albert J. Rothman died Dec. 11, 2018. He was 94. He was born Jan. 16, 1924 to immigrant Jewish parents and raised in Brooklyn, New York, as later described in his autobiography, “A Brooklyn Odyssey.” He graduated second in his class at Stuyvesant High…

Rachel Luevano Burke

Rachel Luevano Burke

Jan. 10, 2019 - Rachel Luevano Burke died Dec. 31, 2018. She was 75. Burke was a longtime resident of Livermore and a retiree from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  She took great pride in the divisions that she worked within LLNL and had a great love of…