Eugene (Gene) Lamkin

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By The Staff

LAMKIN – Eugene (Gene) Lamkin of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away peacefully Dec. 12, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Donovan, Ill., July 5, 1921. He lived in Los Alamos for the past 57 years working first for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and later Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Photographer. He traveled frequently during his career working both overseas and at the Nevada Test Site during the ‘50s and ‘60s. He had a passion and gift for photography and enjoyed providing “a graphic record of events and objects.” During his career he won numerous awards for his Still Photography from the Industrial Photographers of the Southwest.He served during World War II in the Navy Air and later attended Fullerton Junior College and the Fred Archer School of Photography in California.Gene loved the Silverton, Colo., area where he built a vacation home, collected massive amounts of rocks and drove on every dirt road he could find. He also loved watching and feeding the birds and at one time he was nicknamed “the Birdman of Los Alamos.” He had more than 120 birdhouses in his yard that he had designed and built in his shop. He worked with Cub Scouts and elementary students showing them how to make birdhouses and gave them instructions in where to hang them.

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