Robert Thomas Wagner

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By The Staff

WAGNER – Dr. Robert Thomas Wagner, 84, husband of Margaret Jeanette (Watson) Schnakenberg Wagner died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at King’s Daughters’ Community Health and Rehab Center, Staunton, Va.He was born July 15, 1923, in Winona, Minn., a son of the late John J. and Elizabeth V. (Eisenmenger) Wagner.In 1941, Mr. Wagner enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve program and remained in the program until June 1943, at which point he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated with the class of 1946. His graduation ranking was in the upper one-third and his selection was Artillery.After completion of military schools at Ft. Sill and Ft. Bliss, he was ordered to the Panama Canal Zone, but within a month he returned to Ft. Benning for airborne training. He graduated from the Radar and Guided Missile School in Ft. Bliss in December 1950. From 1951 through 1953, he attended the University of Virginia under the Army’s Civil School’s Program where he obtained graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in experimental nuclear physics.From graduate school, he was ordered to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory where he did research and development on nuclear weapons. In 1959, Tom resigned his commission and entered the U.S. Army Reserve in which he remained until 1983. In 1965, he took a two-year leave of absence from the lab to return to St.

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