NASA Scientist and Peace
and Justice Activist
Longtime Greenbelt resident Bertram D. Donn died on December 28, 2012 at the age of 93.
Bert worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 1959 until retirement in 1989 and served as Head of the Astrochemistry Branch for part of the 1970's. He was also known for his work for peace and social justice, helping to found five groups and serving for many years on the board of the Prince George's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
His marriage to Mary Creason ended in divorce. In 1960 he married Marjory Maxwell. Survivors include his wife; sons Stephen and Arthur of Greenbelt; daughter Susan Owens (Albert) of Ventura, CA; son Jeffrey (Cindy) of Beltsville, MD, and son Allen (Jenni) of Woodstock, GA; grandchildren Sarah Owens Pinkstaff, Nathan Owens. Julie, Ian and Josiah Donn (GA), Erin, Lisa, and Kyle Donn (MD) and great-grandchild, Owen Pinkstaff.
A memorial service will be held at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church on Powder Mill Road in Adelphi, MD, on Saturday, January 5, at 2 p.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that contributions may be made to the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum or the Union of Concerned Scientists.