Condolences pour in following the death of Los Alamos scientist Louis Rosen

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By Carol A. Clark

Upon learning of the death of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Louis Rosen, former Sen. Pete Domenici called into KRSN AM 1490 Monday.

“First, my sympathies to all of his wonderful relatives that succeeded him, he spoke often of them and of course before his dear wife died he spoke of her often,” Domenici said.

“So I want to say to all of you, I know he contributed greatly to your life but I want you to know that during my 36 years as a U.S. senator I was privileged to have him share a little bit of himself with me, and that was one of the things that made my experience as a U.S. senator worthwhile.

“I have many great memories of conversations that we had together. Over my time in the senate, we shared Cold War stories, what it was like for him to visit the scientists in the old Soviet Union laboratories behind the Iron Curtain.,” Domenici said.

“So it is with great humility and obviously sadness that I say goodbye, it’s a little bit late on my part, but thank you Louie Rosen, Dr. Rosen, for all you’ve done for America, for Los Alamos and for the world and obviously for your family, thank you.”

Rosen’s brother-in-law, Harold E. Terry, expressed his feelings for Rosen in a statement Monday.

“Louis Rosen was married to my sister Mary Terry Rosen; he met her while attending the University of Alabama. He was the greatest brother-in-law a person could have,” he said.  “I will always cherish the memories of his visits to Alabama and my visits to Los Alamos to visit Mary and Louis. He was a great American and I will miss, but never forget him.”

“Louis was awarded the Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal with George Cowan a year before I was,” said Laboratory Fellow Nerses “Krik” Krikorian. “Louis was a particularly good guy. “We were together in Moscow in about 1996 … we were both on the international circuit as well as involved in science here. I did not always agree with his liberalism because I’m more of a conservative but I had a lot of respect for him. He truly deserved the gold medal, as did George Cowan. Louis was a fine man and will be a real loss to the community.”

A public memorial service for Rosen is set for 10 a.m. Saturday on the lawns at Fuller Lodge.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 505-662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.