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Gore – Raymond Allen Gore, 73, died surrounded by his loving family June 17, 2008. His death is a devastating loss for his family and friends. But his life — his full, humorous, giving, loving life — was a triumph. Ray exemplified such positive energy, incredible strength and enormous joy to those around him.
Ray was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Sparks, Nev., to Jefferson and Margaret Gore and was one of eight children. Ray received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. Ray spent two years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., before moving to New Mexico. He began working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1958 with Group CMB-7 and supported the chemistry and metallurgical research within CMB Division. In 1961, Ray joined the Rover program (the nuclear-powered rocket engine) in Group N-4 doing computer modeling of the engine for control and instrumentation design and hardware development for power tests in Nevada.
In 1966, Ray joined MP Division to support building the 800-MeV proton accelerator that would become the heart of the particle physics research to be done at LAMPF. Ray became group leader of the instrumentation and controls group, MP-1, in 1972.
In May 1975, Ray became deputy division leader of the Electronics Division, where he focused on the development of the electronics engineering support of research throughout the laboratory. This was an era when the computer was being integrated into many experimental activities, an exciting time of growth in engineering in the laboratory.
In 1980, Ray became division leader of the Electronics Division and with the change in the general laboratory focus, turned the division into a more programmatic direction, including a basic research effort.
Ray’s illustrious career at the laboratory also included working in the Center for National Security Studies and MST Division. In addition to his work at the lab, Ray taught courses for the University of New Mexico and was involved in the professional efforts of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Ray lived in Los Alamos, N.M., for 40 years before moving to Virginia in 2000 with his beloved wife of 22 years, Kay. In retirement, Ray enjoyed reading; spending time with friends, golfing, traveling, spearheading spiritual discussions, and participating in various cultural, church, and community groups.
Ray is survived by his wife; sons, Robert Gore and Jim Gore; daughter, Judi Voelz; stepdaughters, Valerie Balser and Susan DeShay; stepson, Kevin Wampler; brothers, Don Gore and Jeff Gore ; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held June 22, 2008, at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn, Va. Interment will be held June 23 at Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, Va .
Ray’s remarkable passion for people, his calming presence and his tremendous sense of loyalty will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Donation in Ray’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.