Doris Coleman, 92, knows what truly makes a secret valuable is not the telling, but the not telling...ever.
Or, at least not telling it for a very long time, anyway. And for 70 years, she’s held on to a whopper. From 1943 to 1947, Coleman, as a member of the Women’s Army Corps, served as secretary to the minds that brought about the creation of the atom bomb.
Coleman, along with her son, his wife and their two kids were in town Friday for a tour of Los Alamos, which included The Bradbury Museum, Fuller Lodge, Bathtub Row and other touchstones from her past.
She was among those working here along with J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s first director; Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., a renowned physicist who at the time was serving as a group leader within the Manhattan Project and Darol Froman, another famed physicist (was with Enrico Fermi when the world’s first nuclear chain reaction was created at the University of Chicago) who served was a division leader with the lab.
And until recently, she never told anyone about it. Though her son Scott Zifferer said they knew of her time in Los Alamos, she never said exactly what she did there or for whom she worked.