Robert Mozley memorial bench at SLAC, 2000

Faculty and Staff Memorials and Tributes

Throughout its history, the staff, faculty and site office personnel at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have chosen to honor co-workers with a variety of lasting tributes and memorials. In some instances, former staff or their families have presented one of these landscaping tributes to SLAC. (See: SLAC Trees Tell Stories, Nina Stolar, The Interaction Point (TIP) April 1997, p.9.) The list below provides the names of those who have given or received tributes or memorials, and the accompanying pdf map shows the tribute or memorial locations on the SLAC site.

The SLAC Archives, History & Records Office is indebted to the late Finn Halbo, who compiled all of the information on memorials and tributes made from 1962 through 2000.

C. W. Bill Allen plaque
(SLAC (Halbo)) C.W. Bill Allen plaque, 2000

C.W. Bill Allen

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation: "Dedicated to the memory of C.W. Bill Allen. For over 30 years, he guided the Accelerator Maintenance process forward with professionalism and good humor. RIP Bill 1949-2013"
Location: Quad


William "Bill" Ash memorial tree
(SLAC (Halbo)) William "Bill" Ash memorial tree, 2000

William Ash, SLC Physicist

Deodar cedar tree (Cedrus deodara),Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata), rock, gravel garden and plaque.
Citation: "In Memoriam, William Wesley Ash, 1941-1994, Insightful Physicist and Gifted Writer, Outrageous Wit and Humorist, Kind, Courageous Colleague and Friend, He Enriched Us All"
Location: beside Loop Road.


Robert Baker, Experimental Facilities Department, Electrical and Electronics Installation Supervisor

Robert Baker memorial stone, 2000
(SLAC (Halbo)) Robert Baker memorial stone, 2000

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque. Citation: "In memory of Robert "Bob" Baker, 1924-1994, Staff Associate"  Location: Quad.


Joe Ballam memorial plaque, 2000
(SLAC (Halbo)) Joe Ballam memorial plaque, 2000

Joseph Ballam, Associate Director, Research Division

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation:"Joe Ballam, Wise counselor, First Leader of the Research Division, 1917-1997"
Location: Quad.


Ken Copenhagen memorial plaque
(SLAC (Halbo)) Ken Copenhagen memorial plaque, 2000

Ken Copenhagen

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation:"In Honor of Ken Copenhagen, Associate Director Plant Engineering 1959-1966"
Location: Quad.


Norman Dean memorial plaque
(SLAC (Halbo)) Norman Dean memorial plaque, 2000

Norman Dean, Vacuum Department

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation: "In Memory Of Norman R. Dean 1938-1992 Who Dedicated His Life to The Success of SLAC"
Location: Quad.


Deborah Dixon memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Deborah Dixon memorial tree, 2000

Deborah Dixon, Research Division

Crabapple tree (Malus) and plaque, dedicated March 19, 1997.
Citation: "Smiling Eyes, Deborah C. Dixon, Served SLAC 1969-1996"
Location: between two wings of Bldg. 40.


John Ehrman memory tree
(SLAC AHRO) John Ehrman memory tree on display in the SLAC library

John Ehrman, Research Division, SLAC Computing Services

Memory Tree.
Artificial tree constructed of computer components and miscellanea and dedicated to John on the occasion of his retirement in 1983.
Location: In storage in the SLAC Archives, History and Records Office.


Arnold Eldredge memorial at SLAC, 2000
(SLAC (Halbo)) Arnold Eldredge memorial at SLAC, outside of old auditorium building,2000

Arnold Eldredge, Technical Division, Mechanical Design and Fabrication Administrator

Sculpture with plaque.
Citation: "This Conformation of "S Band" Waveguide was designed by Professor Lorenz Eitner and Mr. Arnold Eldredge for an exhibit of Accelerator Components shown at the Stanford Museum from February to April 1966. Over 40,000 feet of this Waveguide is installed in the Stanford Two-mile Accelerator."
Location: (currently in storage).


Gerhard "Gerry" Fischer plaque, 2000
(SLAC AHRO) Gerhard "Gerry" Fischer plaque, 2000

Gerhard Fischer

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation: " In Memory Of GERHARD E. FISCHER and His Many Contributions to SLAC, 1993 "
Location: Quad.


Alvin Gallagher plaque
(SLAC AHRO) Alvin Gallagher plaque, 2000

Alvin Gallagher

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque.
Citation: "In Honor Of ALVIN GALLAGHER, SLAC Sr. Design & Mechanical Engineer 1964-1987"
Location: Quad.


Boynton Kaiser memorial tree
(SLAC (Halbo)) Boynton Kaiser memorial tree, 2000

Boynton S. Kaiser, Associate Director, Administrative Services Division

Tree and plaque
Citation: "Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides donated by Boynton S. Kaiser, 1965"
Location: on lawn at East end of Bldg. 44.


Newman Kidd memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Newman Kidd memorial tree

Newman Kidd, Research Division

Valley Oak tree (Quercus lobata) and plaque
Citation: "In memory of Newman 1922 - Kidd - 1982, "P.O.N." (Poor Old Newman)"
For more information, see SLAC Beam Line June 1982 page 3.
Location: between Bldgs. 23 and 40.


William Kirk, Director's Office

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "In Memoriam, Bill Kirk, Gentleman, Writer and Friend 1927-2003."
Location: Quad.

Bill Kik memorial plaque
(SLAC AHRO) Bill Kik memorial plaque
Frankie McLaughlin memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Frankie McLaughlin memorial tree

Frankie McLaughlin, Research Division

Crabapple tree (Malus) and plaque
Citation: "Forever a Friend, Frankie McLaughlin, Served SLAC 1963-1998"
Location: between two wings of Bldg. 40.


Frank Menezes memorial
(SLAC (Halbo)) Frank Menezes memorial, 2000

Frank Menezes, Purchasing Department

Tree rose, bush, stone and plaque
Location: at Bldg. 81 entrance.


Lawrence G. Mohr, US Atomic Energy Commission Site Representative

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "In Honor of Lawrence G. Mohr, A.E.C. Area Manager 1961-1967"
Location: Quad.

Lawrence Mohr memorial
(SLAC AHRO) Lawrence Mohr memorial plaque
Michelle Montalvo memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Michelle Montalvo memorial tree

Michelle Montalvo
Plum tree and plaque.
Citation: "In Loving Memory of Michelle Montalvo SSRL 2003-2006 Our Friend Forever PEACE & LOVE"
Location: in front of Bldg. 137.


Robert Mozley, Research Division Group D Leader

Stone bench (pictured at top of this page)
Citation: "Robert F. Mozley, 1917-1999"
Location: across from Panofsky Grove.


Joseph Murray memorial
(SLAC AHRO) Joseph Murray memorial plaque

Joseph Murray, Senior Physicist, Experimental Facilities Department

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "In Memory of Joseph J. Murray 1924-1996, SLAC Physicist."
Location: Quad.  


Tom Neal memorial tree, 2024
(AHRO (Leung)) Tom Neal memorial tree, 2024

Tom Neal 
Tree and plaque 
Citation: "In Memory of Thomas "Tom" A. Neal, SSRL 1986-2010, "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thomas Campbell" 
Location: behind Bldg. 137.  


Richard "Dick" Neal, Technical Division Director

Tree (silk tree, Albizia Julibrissin) and plaque
Citation: " To SLAC and its Staff, Richard B. Neal, Associate Director 1961-1982" (SLAC Beam Line, September 1982, page 1)
Location: On the quad by Building 41. (Tree downed by storms, January 2023)


W. K. H. "Pief" Panofsky plaque
(SLAC (Halbo)) W. K. H. "Pief" Panofsky plaque in Panofsky Grove, 2000

W. K. H. "Pief" Panofsky, Director

Grove of redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens), stone with plaque
Citation: "PANOFSKY - GROVE, In Appreciation of PIEF from the people of SLAC, Wolfgang Panofsky, SLAC Director."
Dedicated in 1984
Location: beside Bldg. 51.


F. V. L. Pindar, Associate Director, Business Services Division

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "Liquid Ambar (Liquidambar Styraciflua). This tree is dedicated to F.V.L. Pindar, Stanford University, September 30, 1977. "If you speak in season bringing together concisely the thrust of many matters, less impeachment of men will follow." Pindar 522-443 BC, Pythian Odes no. 8" Location: Quad.

F. V. L. Pindar memorial plaque
(SLAC AHRO) F. V. L. Pindar memorial plaque
Katherine Pope plaque
(SLAC AHRO) Katherine Pope plaque

Katherine E. Pope, SLAC Intern, Smith College student

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: " In Memory of KATHERINE POPE Student and Friend 1981 - 2001."
Location: Quad.


James Scott memorial plaque
(SLAC AHRO) James Scott memorial plaque

James Scott, ES&H Division

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "In Memory of James T. Scott, 1949-1998, SLAC Fire Marshal"
Location: Quad.


Robert Siemann memorial plaque
(SLAC AHRO) Robert Siemann memorial plaque

Robert Siemann, Professor, Accelerator Physicist

Redwood tree and plaque, dedicated July 8, 2009.
Citation: "In memory of Robert H. Siemann, Pioneering accelerator physicist, respected leader and mentor, 1942-2008"
Location: Quad.


Hugh Steckol memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Hugh Steckol memorial tree

Hugh Steckol, Assistant Business Services Director

Plum tree and plaque
Citation: "In Recognition of the Many Contributions to SLAC and the University, HUGH STECKOL, May 1993"
Memorial Tribute (p. 11)
Location: between Bldg. 84 and the Loop Road.


Tim Toohig memorial
(SLAC AHRO) Tim Toohig memorial, 2019

Tim Toohig, Accelerator Physicist

Redwood tree (Sequoioideae) and plaque
Citation: "In Memory of Timothy E. Toohig 1928-2001, Physicist - Friend - Spiritual Guide."
Location: Quad entrance beside stone bench.


Aaron Tremaine memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) Aaron Tremaine memorial tree

Aaron Tremaine, TID RFAR Division Director

Olive tree (Olea europaea) and plaque
Citation: "In Memory of Aaron Tremaine, Esteemed Colleague and Friend, Dedicated May 2022."
For more information, please see SLAC Today article (login required).
Location: By Bldg. 44 entrance facing the Quad and Bldg. 41.


James Weaver memorial tree
(SLAC AHRO) James Weaver memorial tree

James Weaver, Microwave Engineer 
Elm tree (Ulmus) and plaque 
Citation:"James N. Weaver, Microwave Engineer, 1936-1998" 
Location: on a grassy island in Parking Lot F across from Bldg. 137.


Rick Yeager memorial tree and plaque
(SLAC AHRO) Rick Yeager memorial tree and plaque

Rick Yeager, Safeguards and Security Manager

Coastal Oak tree (Quercus) and plaque(Tree replaced 9/2010)
Citation: "In remembrance of our dear friend and colleague Richard P. Yeager "Rick" Thanks Chief for 14 years of dedicated service, November 2006"
Location: Linac Sector 6 picnic area.