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By The Staff

Robert Emmett “Bob” Kelly, 78, of Los Alamos, New Mexico died peacefully on August 25, 2008, with family by his side.   

Bob was born on November 26, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Robert Emmett Kelly Sr. and Gladys Faye Adams Kelly.  On June 6, 1962, he married Sarah Grace Combs of Inverness, Mississippi.  

As student body president, he graduated in 1947 from Central High School in Cape Girardeau. In 1950 he graduated with honors from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) with degrees in chemistry, physics and math. Two years later he received his M.S. in engineering physics with a math minor at the University of Missouri (Rolla). In 1959 he was awarded his Ph.D in physics with meteorology as a minor at the University of Connecticut.  

Bob’s work experience prior to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he taught for 30 years, included General Electric, Boeing, Savannah River Laboratory, American Optical Hanford Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, NASA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During his time at Ole Miss he consulted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and for 15 months he performed research with the French Atomic Energy Commission in France.  In 1988 he became a full time employee at LANL as a theoretical physicist.

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