Richard Edward Prael, passed away at his home in Los Alamos on Feb. 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Alice Prael. He was born in Astoria, Ore. on July 25, 1940. He is survived by his beloved wife Phyllis A. Bailey; his daughter Mary Alice Prael Madaris (Mike); grandsons Elijah and Noah Madaris of Marietta Ga.; three step-children: Alison Bailey (Terri Moore) of Los Alamos, Dr. Aileen Bailey (Aaron Koch) of Great Mills, Md., and Ken Bailey (Gail) of Washington, DC; as well as seven step-grandchildren, Connor, Jordan and Isabella Bailey, Colin and Audrey Koch and Noor and Rima Bailey.
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Richard graduated from Stanford University in 1962 with a bachelor?s in Physics and obtained a Master?s degree at the University of Idaho while working for Phillips Petroleum at the National Reactor Test Station. He completed a doctorate in nuclear physics at Case Western Reserve University in 1971. He was employed at Argonne Laboratory from 1972-1978. He moved to Los Alamos in 1978 and took a position as a staff member in TD-6.
Although a member of several groups over 30 years, he was throughout involved with the development of Monte Carlo methods and codes for nuclear particle transport and interactions. His 120 publications with over 1300 citations by other scientists, as well as countless excellent presentations contributed to LANL being a recognized world leader in the high-energy Monte Carlo arena. He continued this effort after retirement in 2004 as an associate and guest scientist.
Prael found great satisfaction in mentoring younger physicists, especially those whose career goals were involvement in medical physics using proton accelerators.
Prior to his illness Dick enjoyed hiking, fly fishing and cultivating cacti, and was a voracious reader. He was an ardent follower of the Los Alamos Big Band. He was particularly interested in the wildlife that he observed near his canyon home. He was active in the Episcopal Church, serving as Chile Line treasurer as well as Northeast Deanery treasurer for a number of years.
A service honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Feb. 18, 2014 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church with a reception following in Kelly Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the TOTH Episcopal Church Building Fund or the Wildlife Center in Espanola. The family of Richard Prael has entrusted their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espa?ola Valley. 505-747-7477 ? devargasfuneral.com
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2014