SERGE GOSSMANN (1929 - 2012)

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Serge Gossmann

November 15, 2012

Born in San Antonio, Texas June 23, 1929, Sergio Ruano Gossmann joined his beloved wife Blanca on November 15, 2012, in Mexico City, Mexico. He was a decorated Korean War Veteran with the Air Force and devoted family father. He will be missed by family and friends alike, especially his sister Sonia Gossmann of Mexico City, his daughters Annette Gossmann of Mexico City, Sharyl Leifeld of Fort Myers, FL, Stacey Gossmann of Fort Myers, FL and son Serge Gossmann, of Fort Myers, FL. He is survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren many of whom flew in from Mexico and many US states to San Antonio to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2009. Known as "Serge" he completed his BA in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, during which time he was an expert billiards champion to cover college expenses. As a gifted trumpet virtuoso who loved classical and jazz music alike, he organized a "big band" to help finance his studies, often being the warm-up band for Harry James and other famous big bands of the day. His first job was in rocketry at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. A Phi Beta Kappa he completed his MA in physics at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, after relocating in 1957 to Idaho Falls, Idaho, to begin a distinguished career with the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) research site in Arco, Idaho. As nuclear physicist he taught for decades as professor for the University of Idaho, as well as traveling to many conferences presenting technical papers in his field. As research scientist and manager for contractors of the AEC, he designed the first research computer for the "site". His division contributed to the advancement of safe reactors in commercial and military use, as well as helping to resolve the "Three Mile Island" nuclear meltdown in 1979. Serge was an avid tournament bridge player in addition to his love of music, and he often spent his free time on day-long solo fishing retreats. He retired to Mexico City in 1989, where he was a student of international politics and a voracious reader. He will be remembered as a man of utmost professional and personal integrity. His virtuoso trumpet rendition of "The Flight of the Bumblebee" resounds with family members to this day. He was a role model for family, friends and colleagues and most importantly a humble, gentle, kind and generous loving family father.

Published in The News-Press on Nov. 20, 2012
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