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Obituaries

  • David Browning Thomson Sr.

    Long -time Los Alamos resident, Dr. David Browning Thomson Sr. passed from this life to the next on April 24. He was 84.
    Dave Thomson is survived by his wife Patricia Ann Thomson (Grand Junction, Colo.); three children and their spouses: Debra and John Beeson (Grand Junction, Colo.); Barbara and Keith Emery (Spring City, Pa.); and David and Audrey Thomson (Loveland, Colo.); eight grandchildren; and three sisters: Marian Scheirman, Martha Nance and Shirley Ann Burbank.
    Dave Thomson was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family.  As the son of a Kansas state senator and lay minister, service to his church, community and nation have been hallmarks of Dave’s life.

  • Glenn Raymond Waterbury

    Jan. 29, 1920–April 8, 2012
    Glenn Waterbury passed away unexpectedly on Easter Sunday, April 8 at the age of 91.
    He was born in Canon City, Colo. on Oct. 28, 1920. After working for Los Alamos National Laboratory for 32 years, he retired to Bernalillo with his wife Georgann. He was group leader for CMB-1 and received numerous citations for his work. He was a World War II veteran who served as an officer in the Pacific Theatre.  However, he felt his most important contributions were to his wife of 59 years and his children. He taught self-reliance, honesty and a strong work ethic to his children as well as to the many people he came in contact with throughout the years.  He enjoyed the great outdoors, especially camping, hiking and bicycling.

  • Cheryl Cardon

    Cheryl Ann Schofield Cardon passed away on April 18 in Tooele, Utah.  
    Born Aug.  8, 1926 in Manassa, Colo., she was the youngest of five children born to Eliza May Bingham and Charles Samuel Schofield. She married Herman Elwood Cardon July 22, 1944 in Farmington, where their five children were born. After living for two years in Roswell, the family moved to Los Alamos, then to White Rock and finally to the beautiful Jemez Mountains.
    She was known for her love and involvement with music throughout her life, directing many children’s, youth and adult choirs.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving faithfully in a variety of church callings.

  • Sidney Pinkston

  • Robert K. Fisher

    Robert K. Fisher, 87, a long time resident of Los Alamos, passed away April 19 in Denver, Colo.
    Bob and his wife Maggie, along with their three children, moved to Los Alamos in 1951. He brought to a close a 23-year career with the LAPD when he retired as the chief of police in 1984. Bob also served on the City Council and remained an active member of the community until moving to Denver in 2009.
    Bob was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid pistol shooter — winning numerous awards throughout his career.

  • Dr. Ann K. Wadstrom

    With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Dr. Ann Kennedy Wadstrom of Los Alamos. She passed away on April 15 at the age of 80.  She was born Aug. 5, 1931 in Slippery Rock, Pa. to James A. and Mildred Fleming Kennedy, and had six siblings. She made an incredible difference in the lives and hearts of people locally, regionally and nationally.

    She graduated from Slippery Rock High School, Warren Wilson College and Wheaton College. She received her doctorate at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did her medical internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She completed her residency for Anesthesiology at the Graduate Hospital University of Pennsylvania and later the University of Utah College of Medicine.

  • Bonnie Newman

    Bonnie Newman passed away on April 16, 2012. She was maried to Herb Newman for 58 years. She is survivied by two children Cathy and Craig Newman. She will be missed by many friends in the community. A gift fund for children’s books in memory of Bonnie J. Newman has been established at the Los Alamos County Library. A celebration of Bonnie J. Newman wil be at 1 p.m. April 21 at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, Los Alamos, N.M.

  • Jean Smith

    Jean ‘Gigi’ Smith, 95, of Los Alamos, died peacefully on April 9 surrounded by her family at the Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Jean was born in 1916 and raised in Grady, N.M. She was one of five children born to the late John and Lida Shaver. All of her siblings preceded her in death.  She married Floyd “Chief” Scraper and together they had one daughter, Marilyn.
    The marriage ended after two years and Jean moved to Artesia and took a job at Mountain Bell as a telephone operator.  She later met and married James “Rocky” Smith and moved to Alamogordo where she continued her career with the telephone company.  Jean retired in 1973 after 30 years of service. Rocky passed away in 1975.

  • Nellie Christenson

    Nellie Gray Wright Christenson, 92, loving wife, mother grandmother and great- grandmother, passed away on April 13 in Los Alamos.
    Nellie was born in 1919 in San Antonio, Texas, the only child of Chester and Lilllie Wright. She married Conard W. Christenson in 1946 and moved with him to Los Alamos in the late 1940s. They were long-time residents of the “Western area.” They   raised   their only son Carl there.  Nellie  was  a devoted wife and mother. She was active in her  church, in bridge club,  the LAMC Hospital Auxillary and other organizations.
    Nellie travelled through Europe with her family and enjoyed traveling throughout the Southwest to visit friends.

  • Donald Bartram

    Donald E. Bartram of Albuquerque, born in Bethesda, Md. on July 24, 1937, passed away suddenly on March 30.
    After eight years in the Air Force attached to AFTAC, he spent 30 years working at Los Alamos National labs. He was known by friends and community as an exceptional artist.
    He is survived by his wife Evelyn; three children: Sharon Davidson, Scott Bartram, Brian Bartram; and three grandchildren: James Davidson, Curtis Davidson and Abbie Davidson. He will be greatly missed by loved ones and others whose lives he touched.