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Louise Frisbie Richardson

On behalf of TRIUMF and the TARA committee, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Louise Richardson.

Louise Frisbie Richardson Dec. 14, 1915 - April 8, 2010 Resident of Pleasanton 94, passed away on April 8, 2010 in Pleasanton, California. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. She was born on Dec. 14, 1915 to Edward and Jessie Frisbie in Redding, California. She received a BA in English from UC Berkeley in 1937 and married the late John Reginald Richardson in 1938. Louise worked with the Oakland Shipyard computers during WWII. In 1946, the Richardsons moved to Southern California (Malibu) where Dr. Richardson worked as a professor of Physics at UCLA. J.R. “Reg” Richardson was the second director of TRIUMF (1971-1976) and was a leader in the development of early cyclotrons in North America.  Under his guidance and with his inspiration, the main TRIUMF cyclotron was built.  As the “other half” of the dynamic and warm Richardson duo, Louise remained an active part of the TRIUMF community for decades. Louise also enjoyed their summer home in Canada and retirement in Maui. Her favorite activities were travel, which she did extensively, and crafts. Louise devoted her life to her husband and her two daughters.

She is survived by her two daughters: Pamela Chrisman (Ken) of Pleasanton; Barbara McKenzie (Donald) of Vancouver, Canada; grandchildren: Karl Chrisman (Tamara) of Livermore; Brian Chrisman (Hanyi) of San Jose; Michelle Frank (Matt) of Pleasanton; Grant McKenzie of Vancouver, Canada; Kari-Jean McKenzie of Vancouver, Canada and eight great grand-children.

With deep regrets, 

Melissa Baluk, for the TARA Committee