WILFRID RALL

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RALL WILFRID RALL (Age 95) Of Wintergreen, VA, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born in Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 1922, he was the son of the late Udo Rall and Doris Keiser Rall.

Wilfrid studied Physics at Yale University and worked on the Manhattan Project in Chicago, IL during WWII. He was one of the scientists who signed the Szilard petition requesting that the atomic bomb be used in a deterrent demonstration and not be dropped on an inhabited target. Wil went on to study biophysics at the University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of New Zealand.

Wil spent most of his career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland until his retirement in 1994. He was a pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience. His work in establishing the integrative functions of neuronal dendrites provided a foundation for neurobiology in general and computational neuroscience in particular.* Over his long life, Wil enjoyed watching the experimental confirmation of much of his theoretical research, and the development of further research and knowledge based upon it.

Wil's life was enriched by a love of nature, art and music. He was a hiker and a sculptor. He played clarinet in his youth and enjoyed music throughout his life. He loved his view of the Blue Ridge mountains from his retirement home in Wintergreen, VA. He supported many organizations focused on the preservation of nature, protection of the unfortunate and promotion of world peace.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen Condon-Rall; two daughters, Sara Rall of Sharpsburg, MD and Madelyn Rall Badger of Rockville, MD; four grandchildren, Megan Kaetzel of Keedysville, MD, Andrew Badger, Stuart Badger and Charlotte Badger, all of Rockville, MD; and two great-grandchildren, Weston and Camille Kaetzel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ava Lou Rall and his brother, Waldo Rall.

A celebration of Wil's life will be held at a future date.

Some favorite charitable organizations: Council for a Livable World https://livableworld.org The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen www.twnf.org Wintergreen Performing Arts www.wintergreenperformingarts.org
Published in The Washington Post from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2018
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