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Quentin Dwayne Appert

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By The Staff

Appert – Quentin Dwayne Appert, 70, Los Alamos, died on March 19, 2008, in Los Alamos of pancreatic cancer.He was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Hazelton, N.D., the son of Tony and Marcella (Garske) Appert. He grew up in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1959 with a B.S. degree in physics and in 1961 with a M.S. degree in physics. In 1961, he moved to southern California, where he worked in the aerospace industry at North American Aviation Inc. and Northrop Corporation until 1979, when he began working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. He retired from the laboratory in 1998, but continued working there as a contractor until 2007.Quentin had a distinguished scientific career contributing to cutting-edge research and development in support of the laboratory’s national security programs. He came to LANL initially to work on the Antares Project (Internal Confinement Fusion Laser), and was manager for the alignment systems. He later worked on the Free Electron Laser project, leading the program in cooled laser optics and resonator development. In later years, Quentin s work centered on R&D to make the world a safer place, by developing methods for destroying old weapons and converting their materials into peaceful purposes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Marcella Appert; sisters Georgine Peeper, Columbus, Wis.; Mary Neumiller of Hazelton, N.D.; and Genevieve Lipp, Pueblo, Colo.; and brother Donald Appert of Eugene, Ore.He is survived by his wife Tien, their children Andre and Ivan Alexei Appert, his children Lenore Miranda and husband Alan Pope, Adrienne Borrego and husband Danny, Valerie Easterling and husband Jeff and four grandchildren, Isaac and Jared Borrego, Mateo Miranda and Malia Easterling. He is also survived by three sisters, Marjorie Chaulkin (John), Geraldine Kuntz and Yvonne Lee (Loren) and four brothers, Clem (Joanne), Jerry (Renee), Fred (Dorothy) and Damian (Doreen).Quentin enjoyed spending time outdoors by watching his sons‚ soccer and hockey games, camping with family and hunting with his friends. One could often find him in his boat either towing a skier or skiing himself. On warm and sunny days Quentin would spend time with Tien working in his flower or vegetable garden. He was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.A Rosary will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church, Canyon Road, Los Alamos. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, followed by a reception at the Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall at IHM and interment at Guaje Pines Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the LANB, Quentin Appert Memorial Fund (account #85480801) for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, Santa Fe is in charge of arrangements.