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Richard Martin Tisinger Jr. ’51

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Richard Martin Tisinger Jr. ’51, January 28, 2013, Los Alamos, New Mexico, from pancreatic cancer. Richard moved with his family from his childhood home in Arizona to Oregon during World War II. He graduated from Reed in physics, writing the thesis “Theory and Construction of a Torsion Seisometer.” Following a year of advanced study at the University of Washington, he went to work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. Many years later, he earned a PhD in nuclear physics from Johns Hopkins University and then worked at Los Alamos in nuclear physics, transitioning later in his career to software development in database management and material accountability. Richard was active with the United Church of Los Alamos, the Red Cross, the Retirees Group of the Los Alamos Lab, and the Los Alamos Ski Patrol. He was an Eagle Scout and volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America. He traveled to all 50 U.S. states and to other countries in North America, as well as to Central America, Europe, and Asia. He and Ellen Goodell were married for 45 years until her death in 2000. Survivors include daughter Karen, who provided the details for this memorial piece; two sons, Rick and Eric; seven grandchildren; and a sister. “He was a wonderful father and will be missed.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2013

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