John Lewis Richter (1933 - 2018)

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John Lewis Richter, age 85 passed away suddenly at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 21, 2018. John, the son of Herbert and Anna Sutton Richter, was born on July 23, 1933 in Laredo, Texas. John attended the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1954, graduate degree in 1956 and PhD in 1958 all in physics. In 1958, John married Mary Ann Ward and they had two boys, Donald Andrew and Alan Ward. John and Mary Ann divorced in 1985. John remarried in 1995 to Dixie Hanks. He is proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Donald Herbert Richter, and his son Donald Andrew Richter. He is survived by his wife, Dixie Elizabeth Hanks and his son Alan Ward Richter of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to his family, John had two enduring passions: Opera and his career. John was a patron and a contributor to the Santa Fe Opera. He attended every season from 1958 to 2018 and was a member of the Los Alamos Opera guild and a member of the opera club. John and his brother Donald made many trips to New York to attend performances at the Met.
Career wise, John worked 39 years, his whole career, at Los Alamos Labs. John referred to himself as a cold war warrior and designed multiple weapon warheads that were tested at the Nevada Test Site. He loved pushing the envelope on nuclear physics. John retired in 1997 to Albuquerque. He continued to stay active with the Santa Fe Opera. Please visit our online guestbook for John at
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Sept. 2, 2018
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