Lawrence A Booth Sr, PhD
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Born April 10, 1934. Died July 18, 2013.
After a 2 year struggle with Leukemia, Larry Booth passed away peacefully with family surrounding him.
Larry received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his Masters and PhD from the University of Lousville. After receiving the first Chemical Engineering /Physics PhD ever granted by the University of Louisville in 1958-60, Larry received a commission in the Air Force, where he did research on rocket propellants. That experience provided the opportunity for his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked on theoretical design of nuclear weapons, nuclear fission and fusion reactor research and design (including serving as chairman of the nuclear reactor safety commission), energy production systems and processes, nuclear weapons effects, strategic and tactical warfare simulation, and foreign nuclear weapon design and production technologies. Early in his career, Larry wrote a safety manual for nuclear reactor operation which serves to this day as the bible of reactor safety to military and public nuclear power generation community. In his last years at Los Alamos, Larry worked on the command and control of the soviet nuclear weapons industrial infrastructure. While stationed as the Department of Energy weapons specialist in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. Larry was one of the few experts that understood that infrastructure and provided a critical scientific advisory role to the military and intelligence community. His expertise was recognized by the Director of Central Intelligence, Robert Gates, with the highest award given to the National Foreign Intelligence Community, the Gold Seal Medallion:
"In recognition of his sustained superior performance from 15 March 1991 to 1 September 1991. His important contribution to the Department Energy Panel on Safety, Security, and Use Control of Former Soviet Union Nuclear Weapons was demonstrated by the adoption by the intelligence and policy making communities of the surety model developed by this panel. His exceptional personal knowledge, analytical skills, and ability to focus quickly on key issues provided critical perspective to key decision makers throughout the U.S Government. Dr. Booth represents the best of what the National Laboratories has to offer this nation, and his expertise and contributions reflect credit on himself, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, and the Intelligence Community." Larry was a great believer in Public service. From teaching Sunday school, to serving in the air force, volunteering for the Los Alamos zoning commission, and including the body of his career, Larry believed it is our civic duty to work to benefit the citizens and the nation. Larry was a private man of faith whose humility and integrity were an inspiration to his loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucy, his son Jody, wife Rebecca, his daughter Laura, husband Bret, his son Brian, wife Venessa and his six grandchildren: Bryan, wife Kelley, Gabrielle, Jonathan, Kathryn, Tyler and Catelyn.
Service will be held at the White Rock Baptist Church Sunday, July 28 at 1pm
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on July 26, 2013