SIBLEY — Dr. Conrad Lee Longmire, 88, Santa Barbara, Calif., and formerly of Sibley, died March 22, 2010, at Santa Barbara, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma.
Cremation rites were accorded by Smart Cremation, Santa Barbara, Calif. A celebration of life service will be May 18 at Los Alamos, N.M., and May 29 at Santa Barbara, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care Foundations, 222 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Conrad was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Loyston, Tenn., son of Henry Grant Longmire and Flossie Hill Longmire. He married Theresa Maria Izzo on Nov. 28, 1943, in Hanover, Vt. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Matthew, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Henry, Newburyport, Mass.; Jonathan, Los Alamos, N.M.; and Patrick, Santa Fe, N.M.; two daughters, Judy March, Longmont, Colo., and Jennifer Moss, Los Alamos, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Calvin, Los Alamos, N.M.; James, Sibley; and Wayne, Plainview, Texas; a sister, Jean Longmire Fouts, Sibley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Delmar “Louie”; a sister, Thelma Longmire Page; and a daughter, Maria.
Conrad graduated from Sibley High School as valedictorian in 1939. He then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he graduated with a degree in engineering physics in 1942. He then went to work at MIT Radiation Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., where he worked on radar. He subsequently attended the University of Rochester, N.Y., earning his doctorate in theoretical physics. He also taught at Cornell University for one year and at Columbia University, N.Y., for one year.
Conrad worked for many years at Los Alamos National Laboratory and made significant contributions to nuclear and plasma physics. He also authored a book titled “Elementary Plasma Physics” and served on various government committees dedicated to research in nuclear physics.
In 1970, he co-founded Mission Research Corp. with two other like-minded scientists, in Santa Barbara. He did pioneering research in the field of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generation, propagation and effects until his retirement in 1994.
He received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 1961 for theoretical contributions to nuclear weapons and plasma physics and the Peter H. Haas Award in 1994, for his work on nuclear weapons effects and EMP phenomena. In 2004, he was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Achievement by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He was an honorable man, guided by integrity and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, who loved life and his family. He had a gentle, loving spirit that touched many. Conrad’s wife, Theresa, their family and friends will miss him dearly and will cherish his legacy.