Dugald 'Dug' Albert Pinyan

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By The Staff

Pinyan – Dugald “Dug” Albert Pinyan, 82, born in Holtville, Calif., passed away Wednesday night June 18, 2008, in Los Alamos, N.M.

Dug graduated from Pacific Union College with a B.A. in 1949,and from the University of Washington with an M.A. in biology and undergraduate studies in both chemistry and microbiology in 1952. He went on to graduate from the United States Army Command and General Staff College as a Major in 1971 and continued his education toward obtaining a Ph.D.

Dug served in the Army during WWII in the Philippines as a surgical tech 4th grade. After 40 years, he retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel in 1985. Dug was nationally known as a safety Engineer for hazards and protection at major practical accelerator projects in AEC major sites.

He worked at the University of Washington as a safety supervisor from 1959-67, introducing the first organized safety program at the university and administrated the Workers Compensation program; Lawrence Radiation Lab, Calif., from 1967-1973 as chief industrial safety engineer; Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Ill., 1973-1980, as senior safety officer; and Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., 1980-1990 (retired) as a technical staff with HSE 3 Safety, LAMPF (MP, AT, MNR) and E Division. While employed at LANL from 1984-1989, he was instrumental in developing and teaching the Supervisors Safety Course on how to minimize safety hazards for employees and equipment used in the workforce. After retirement, Dug returned to LANL as a part-time associate/consultant from 1991-1993.

Dug was a lifetime member of the National Safety Council, serving on the board of directors and as Genera Chairman of the Research and Development section receiving a Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 1994. His memberships also included the American Society of Safety Engineers, Certified Safety Professionals of America, Masonic, Shriners, American Legion, VFW, Elks and the Military Order of World Wars.

Dug is preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Jessie Belle Pinyan, and his son Kenneth Douglas. He is survived by his wife Eleanor; sister Waunita Hoffman; daughters: Pamela, Kathleen Pinyan and husband Duane Monszewski, and Candice and husband Steve Sabers; son Roger and fiance Donnis Parrie; stepdaughters: Nancy Munnell, Cheryl Sozerman, Carline Manausa, Deborah Snavely, Wanda Snavely, Darlene Felske, and Sandra and husband Steve Kowal; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make contributions in Dug’s name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital burn unit. Please make checks payable to Ballut Abyad Shrine/Children’s Burn Unit. Mail to Ballut Abyad Shrine, 6600 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. The phone number is 505-265-0800.

Dug will be put to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. His memorial and burial services will be announced at a later date.