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Thorsten Stromberg ’58

A first generation American, Thor was born in Aberdeen, Washington, to Carla and Beda Stromberg, Swedes who immigrated to America through Ellis Island in the late 1920s. Growing up in Port Angeles, he loved fishing salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest with his uncles and friends.

At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “A Pentane Bubble Chamber for Cosmic Ray Studies,” with Prof. Byron Youtz [physics 1956–68], and went on to get a doctorate in physics from Iowa State University. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 1967, when he was hired as an associate professor of physics at New Mexico State University, and retired as associate department head after 33 years of service.

He was devoted to Elizabeth, his wife of 40 years, who survives him in addition to his daughter, Emily Montoya.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2016

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