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James Andrew Bridge, 86, died Friday, June 6, at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Rolla, Missouri, on May 2, 1922, to Josiah and Lucy Atwater Bridge. Jim came to Los Alamos in 1943 after studying for three years at the University of Maryland. He met his future wife, Edulia Marie Bustos (“Eddie”), in Los Alamos in 1945. They were married Nov. 18, 1946.Jim was a PFC in the Special Engineer Detachment during the Manhattan Project. He worked with Perc King’s group at Omega Site on the Water Boiler, the enriched reactor used for measurements of neutron cross sections. During the early 1950s Jim and his young family moved to Albuquerque while he finished his mechanical engineering degree at the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in the top 2 percent of his class. He worked briefly at Sandia National Laboratories before his wartime boss recruited him to return to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. He worked at Los Alamos until his retirement in 1986; many of those years were spent as a mechanical engineer at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF).
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