John D. Seagrave

John D. Seagrave passed away on June 11, 2013 after battling multiple forms of cancer. He was born in New York on Jan. 23, 1926. He served in the Naval Reserve during WWII. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1946, master's degree in physics in 1948 and doctorate in physics in 1951, all from the California Institute of Technology. He was hired to work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (later Los Alamos National Laboratory) in 1951, where he was employed until 1990 and served as a consultant until 1993.
He will be remembered not only for his contributions to understanding various aspects of nuclear structure, but also for his participation in numerous aspects of the musical community of Los Alamos: choir director for the United Church and later the Unitarian Fellowship, performer in various musicals (Fred Graham/Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate," the Wazir in "Kismet" and one of the Kings in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," among others).
He also produced several memorable educational videos for children, illustrating important concepts in the physical sciences. John is survived by his daughter JeanClare and her husband William Rahe; and his son Charles, wife Janis and their daughter Elizabeth.
The family thanks Ambercare Hospice and Professional Case Management for their caring support in the last few weeks. A memorial is planned for 3 p.m. June 23 at Fuller Lodge, followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite music or science education-related charity.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from June 18 to June 23, 2013