In Memoriam

Stephen Isaac Warshaw

Stephen Isaac Warshaw

July 15, 2024 - Stephen Isaac Warshaw died Feb. 14. He was 85. Whether you knew him from Belle Harbor, FRHS, Brooklyn Polytech, Johns Hopkins, University of Illinois, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory or Acoustical Society of America…

Richard Harold White

Richard Harold White

July 11, 2024 - Richard Harold White died May 24. He was 89. White was born in Salem, Oregon, on Nov. 9, 1934, to Laverne and Pauline White. He worked summers when he was 15 and 16 loading trains to help with the family finances. He attended Salem High School. He later…

Niel Kay Madsen

Niel Kay Madsen

July 9, 2024 - Niel Kay Madsen died July 4. He was 81. Madsen was the second of five children born to Farrell and Margaret Madsen. He attended Chico State University and graduated summa cum laude with a double bachelor’s degree in math and physics. He later began…

Clay Widmayer

Clay Widmayer

July 1, 2024 - Clay Widmayer died June 26. He was 64. Widmayer was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on June 16, 1960 and received his education at Whitman College and the University of Oregon. In 1995, he accepted a position in the laser program (later known as NIF…

Peter Prassinos

Peter Prassinos

June 28, 2024 - Pete Prassinos died May 15. He was 75. Prassinos of Boyds, Maryland was born on Jan. 17, 1949 in Hampton, Virginia; he was the son of George and Helvetia Prassinos. He worked at Idaho National Engineering Lab at the Loss of Fluid Testing Facility, was…

Alexander Brabson Cecil

Alexander Brabson Cecil

June 21, 2024 - Alexander Brabson Cecil died June 15. He was 94. In 1955, he began working at Lawerence Livermore National Labertory (LLNL) as a programmer. He retired from LLNL in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Flora Alvarado, sisters, Ann Guirao and Barbara Frech…

Philip Walter Pellette

Philip Walter Pellette

June 20, 2024 - Philip Walter Pellette died June 8. He was 65. Pellette was born in Amityville, New York to Philip and Margot Pellette, and grew up in Las Cruces and Los Alamos, New Mexico, graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1977. He received his bachelor of…

Edward Fischer

Edward Fischer

June 18, 2024 - Edward Fischer died March 5. He was 68. Fischer was born on Aug. 8, 1955, to Merle and Frieda Fischer in Lodi, California. He started his career at F & M Bank of Lodi. After working several years as security at Rancho Seco, he moved on to employment…

Richard Rufer

Richard Rufer

June 11, 2024 - Richard Rufer died Feb. 25. He was 88. Rufer was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to parents Angela and Julius Rufer. He graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1953. He went on to earn a bach­elor’s of science and master's degrees in engineering at the…

Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino

June 4, 2024 - Camille Minichino died May 6. She was 86.  Minichino was born in Revere, Massachusetts, in June 1937 to Joseph and Helen Avallone Minichino. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics in 1958 before joining the Sisters of Notre…

Arthur John Toy, Jr.

Arthur John Toy, Jr.

June 3, 2024 - Art Toy (Arthur John Toy, Jr.) died May 1. He was 86. Toy of Plymouth, California came to Amador County after a career as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he held a variety of positions, including environmental group…

Peter Camacho

Peter Camacho

May 28, 2024 - Peter Camacho died Dec 3. Camacho began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as an environment, safety & health technician in July 1983. Through the years he worked in many divisions including Strategic Deterrence. He spent…

Lee Calhoun Pittenger

Lee Calhoun Pittenger

May 14, 2024 - Lee Calhoun Pittenger died April 30. He was 85. Pittenger attended Ripon College and Marquette University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He entered the U.S. Army in 1959, serving for four years as an ordnance…

Steven 'Steve' Michael Del Grande

Steven 'Steve' Michael Del Grande

April 25, 2024 - Steven 'Steve' Michael Del Grande died April 11. He was 60. Del Grande joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in June of 2021 as a senior mechanical technologist with the Defense Technology Engineering Division. He was assigned to the Nuclear…

Andrew “Andy” Lee Jorgensen

Andrew “Andy” Lee Jorgensen

April 24, 2024 - Andrew “Andy” Lee Jorgensen passed away on February 3, 2024. He was 93. In 1955, Andy Jorgensen joined the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and met his future wife Mar. Schedules put them together at the Nevada nuclear test site. Andy Jorgensen retired…

Tammy L. Stankovich

Tammy L. Stankovich

April 16, 2024 - Tammy L. Stankovich died April 6. She was 61. Stankovich was born July 4, 1962, in Castro Valley, California to Rose and Albert Marks. She worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 31 years. She started in January 1991 in Security and made…

Charles Francis Smith

Charles Francis Smith

April 15, 2024 - Charles Francis Smith died March 26. He was 87. Smith grew up in Whiting, Indiana. He attended college at Purdue University. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor of science in chemistry and then went on to earn his master of science in chemistry in…

Marjorie Ruth Leider

Marjorie Ruth Leider

April 8, 2024 - Marjorie Ruth Leider died March 16. She was 91. Leider was born on June 20, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in chemistry. She went to work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as one of…

Donald Merle McDougall

Donald Merle McDougall

April 3, 2024 - Donald Merle McDougall died March 29. He was 89. McDougall was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Newberg, Oregon, the son of Merle and Myrtle (Ingraham) McDougall. He graduated from Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon in 1953. He went on to study electronics…

Leonard Alvin Lawson, Jr.

Leonard Alvin Lawson, Jr.

March 28, 2024 - Leonard Alvin Lawson, Jr. died on Feb. 14. He was 90. Lawson was born in Ukiah, California on Jan. 15, 1934 to Leonard Alvin Lawson, Sr. and Mary Elise Hiatt. He graduated from Marysville High School, then attended Yuba College before serving in the U.…

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