Dr. Lawrence E. Killon

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Killon, Dr. Lawrence E.
(1924-2014). Dr. Lawrence Killion, 89, passed away peacefully Friday, February 7, with his wife of 65 years, Velma, at his side after a long illness. Larry was a loving and devoted husband, a supportive father and caring grandfather. Dr. Killion devoted his life to two separate pursuits. Most importantly, he was the husband of Velma and father of Jane and Mary. Second he was a warrior in defense of America. Larry was born on March 28, 1924 in Ross, Texas. Larry left his home town at age 16 to attend Baylor University. While there he excelled at mathematics and science and met the love of his life, Velma Stovall. After graduation, he was an intelligence officer in the Pacific and in post-war Japan under the command of General Douglas McArthur. Upon returning to the United States, Larry married Velma in Washington, D.C. on August, 22, 1948 and became a key person in the United States' nuclear weapons program. He completed his education at Indiana University, and received his Doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Larry and Velma moved 27 times in the duration of his career. Dr. Killion became a key member of the United States' weapons and scientific programs. His main focus at the Department of Energy was Laser Fusion and served as the Director of Fusion Systems Division. Additionally, he was a crucial technical adviser in the negotiations of the START Treaties in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service where he assisted in managing the weapons programs that ultimately played such a key role in ending the Cold War. After retiring from government service he started another career with United Technologies Incorporated as the Vice President of the Optics Division. Lawrence and Velma retired to Paradise Valley, Arizona where they were vital members of their church and community for many years. Larry is survived by his cherished wife of 65 years, Velma of Paradise, Arizona, his brother Perry O. Killion, (Jan) (Temple, TX), daughters Jane Killion Irvine (Tom) (Phoenix), Mary Lloyd (Chris) (Orinda, California), grand children Mark Irvine (Sonia), Matthew Irvine (Jaclyn), Taylor Coe and Austen Coe, Kayleigh Lloyd, Brittany Lloyd, and Kathryn Lloyd. The United States and the world are a better place because Dr. Killion walked the earth. The family suggests contributions to in lieu of flowers. There will be a celebration of Larry's life at Valley Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Chapel located at 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made in his name to (http//www. hov.org) or the Humane Society (http//www. azhumane.org).o


Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 11, 2014
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