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Rosemary Hughes O’Connor, a 66-year resident of Los Alamos, passed away May 1. Born on Dec. 11, 1919 in Boston, Mass. to Thomas Edward and Rose Lennon Hughes, Rosemary was the oldest of four sisters. Early in life, she developed avid interests in classical music and swimming, both of which became lifelong passions. Family and friends universally described her as joyful, unsinkable and with a zeal for life that took her on travels across the world and made everyday tasks part of a grand adventure.
Rosemary began playing the violin at the age of five and developed her skills in the Young Musicians Concert Orchestra of Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music. Upon arriving in Los Alamos, she joined a string quartet and was a founding member of the Los Alamos Sinfonietta, now known as the Los Alamos Symphony.
For more than 25 years Rosemary taught swimming at all levels including water safety instructor training. She earned her CPR certificate and became the first person in Los Alamos certified to teach CPR.
In 1960, Rosemary went to work for PHERMEX at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She enjoyed a 33-year career at LANL including her work in digitizing the Zapruder film.
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