PhotoSnavely, Richard Adolph, Ph.D. - May 22, 1955 - December 21, 2005

Richard was born in Aberdeen, WA, grew up in the Bellevue, Redmond area and graduated from Lake Washington High School. While attending the University of Washington, Richard played saxophone in the Husky Marching band. He then entered into the foundry business in Oakland, CA. At age 35, Richard resumed his education and received his B.S. degree in physics from U.C. Berkeley. U.C. Davis conferred a doctorate degree in physics and awarded the Allen G. Marr Prize to honor Richard for his distinguished dissertation. Richard was employed by Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In England, France, and Japan, Richard has been a model and a leader in collaborative experiments. He has made notable advances in the new field of high-power, ultra-short pulse duration laser interaction with matter. His spirit remains powerful and radiant as the lasers. Richard excelled in his interests such as, sailing, geology, rock climbing, motorcycling and winter hiking. At a younger age, he was Washington State Champion in bicycle track racing for two consecutive years. As a member of the Northern California Kendo Federation, he became a Sensei. At 6'5", Richard will be remembered for his kindness, gentle nature, philosophical words, sense of humor and perseverance. He inspired many who knew him personally and professionally. Richard passed away peacefully at home after a five-month struggle with cancer. He leaves his loving wife Benita and stepson Vincent Ushikubo of San Francisco, CA; parents, Richard and Elizabeth Snavely of Redmond, WA; brother, David Snavely and wife Carol of Seattle, WA. He will be deeply missed.

Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 1/1/2006.