Max Albert Winkler

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Max Albert Winkler, 86, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on April 4, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Winkler; his Brother, Clarence Winkler; and his two sisters, Mary Winkler and Patricia Cheek. He is survived by his four daughters and four sons-in-law – Cindy and Marc Haverland of Denver, Colorado; Carolyn Winkler and Wayne Drews of Austin, Texas; Jennifer and Tommy Young of Albuquerque and Teresa and Edward Cohen of Albuquerque – and his three grandchildren – Iris Cohen, Greg Drews, and Sam Cohen. He is also survived by his brother – Arthur "Buster" Winkler of San Antonio, Texas, and his sister-- Teresa Kennedy of Houston, Texas.
Max served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War and, during this time, he met his wife, Barbara. Max attended Saint Mary's University in San Antonio and received his Bachelor's Degree in Physics. He taught high school physics and math briefly before he went on to the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Master's Degree in Physics. He was a passionate physicist and was recruited by Los Alamos National Labs in 1962.
Max immediately fell in love with his work, but even more so, Los Alamos itself. He loved the climate, the outdoors, the scenery and all the sports it afforded him. He enjoyed hiking, playing tennis, swimming at the Golf Course Pool and late night walks, but his greatest passion was playing golf. He was a regular at the Los Alamos Golf Course and was always so proud of the summer that he made two holes-in-one.
Max retired from LANL in 1993, but went on to consult for the Labs for almost twenty more years. He remained in Los Alamos until his death. At his request, there will be no services.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Apr. 13, 2018
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