Glenn Samuel Brunson Jr. Ph.D.

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Glenn Samuel Brunson, Jr., PhD, N-2, longtime resident of Los Alamos, and more recently of Eugene, Ore. passed away April 9, 2012 of natural causes. He was surrounded by his daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Glenn was born Oct. 29, 1922 to Nellie Elkin and Glenn S. Brunson, Sr. in Midland, Texas, the eldest of three children. He married Lily McFadden Davis in Princeton in 1950.
Glenn worked in the nuclear field since receiving his Bachelor's from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1945, eventually becoming a captain. After a tour in Japan, he attended Princeton University receiving his Master's in Atomic Physics in 1950. He served as a nuclear officer at Sandia and Los Alamos from 1950 until 1952 and then at the Pentagon until 1954. He began his experimental career at Argonne West (1954 - 1975) performing some of the first critical Rossi- Alpha experiments on their new suite of research reactors. During his career at Argonne, he conducted research and contributed to the design of over 40 different reactors including EBR-II. After receiving his PhD in 1982 from the University of Utah on gamma-gamma coincidence of fissionable material, he began his work at Los Alamos, concentrating on neutron/gamma coincidence and multiplicity analysis for applications in nuclear safeguards, weapon verification, and SNM characterization using both passive and active techniques. He held three patents and was considered an expert in multiplicity moment analysis.
Glenn and Lily settled their young growing family of six children in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he worked for Argonne National Laboratories, and could satisfy his avid life of an outdoorsman. He enjoyed several years of diplomatic assignments for the Department of Energy as a visiting scientist in Lisbon, Portugal, Baden, Switzerland, and at the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He spoke six languages. These assignments fulfilled their deep love of travel, exploration, culture, history and the arts. During his three decades (1979-2009) in Los Alamos, he continued to travel the seven continents as well as the Red Dot Trail. In 2009 Glenn moved to Eugene, Ore., to live near his family, and where he enjoyed friends and his legendary Bridge reputation. He will always be remembered for his love of language and wordplay, good company and humour, curiosity and generosity, devotion to his family, and unmatched integrity.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Lily Davis Brunson, in Jan. 2005; and his sister Shirley Brunson Hood. He is survived by his sister Nellie Elkin Fields of Midland; daughters Ellen Brunson-Newton and Christie Brunson of Eugene, Ore., and Candace Brunson of Tyler, Texas; and his sons Grier Brunson of Midland, Sam Brunson of Seattle, and Tim Brunson of Hawaii. Also surviving are his grandchildren Gabriel, Seth, Lucas, Simon, Elijah, and Jasper Brunson Newton, Whitney Brunson, Kieran and Mary Brunson, Evan Brunson, and Forrest, Charles, and Solomon Wagner.
A memorial bench has been installed in Glenn's and Lily's memory on the rim of the canyon they loved so well, at Overlook Park in White Rock. Enjoy their view!
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2013
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