Warren Heckrotte

Oakland, California

1922 - 2019


Oakland, California


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Warren Heckrotte

December 5, 1922- January 6, 2019

Warren Heckrotte was born in Ohio, Dec. 5, 1922. He received a Ph.D in physics from UC Berkeley and joined the senior staff at Cal's Radiation Laboratory. Over the next 4 decades, he worked on nuclear weapon issues at the Lawrence Livermore...

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I grew up with Warren's daughters. Warren could be a bit aloof if you were a kid, but I always found him and his work fascinating. As I grew up and became an adult, it was much easier to communicate with him. I spent a number of Christmas eves at his house or Maggies, always great food and great conversation. They were both incredible cooks, and great at the art of hosting a lively dinner party. They were an intrinsic part of the Berkeley way of life, and of my growing up, and thinking of him...

Sorry to learn of his death. He and some of his Livermore colleagues used to come to my sister's (Toni Joseph's) home near Chevy Chase, MD, when he was in the DC area on business. I recall one summer in Geneva in the late 1960s when he and my sister were in Switzerland working on the NPT. We were there during the Fete de Geneve when everyone was bonking others with "knowledge hammers" (soft, large plastic hammers). I thought he was so intelligent that he did not need to be bonked,...

Deeply sorry to learn about Warrens death. I met him in the 80s and always thought and will think of him with great warmth, love and admiration. He was truly special, not only his steep garage drive.

Warren and his brother Carl, during a visit in July 2018 in Oakland. Carl and Mary Heckrotte live in Panama.