Ralph E. Chapman
Friends and colleagues are invited to a Celebration of Life for Ralph E. Chapman from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Los Alamos Sherriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
Ralph Ebener Chapman, 65, a resident of White Rock, New Mexico, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday October 31, 2018.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 35 years Linda Deck, numerous other relatives and friends, and his beloved pets Lola, Lena and Ray.
Ralph had careers as a paleontologist and morphometrician at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and then in Los Alamos co-creating two companies to virtualize fossils and artifacts, New Mexico Virtualization LLC and Deck & Chapman LLC. He also developed statistical techniques to assess the viability of start-up businesses as a partner in a third company, LABi.
Ralph had been a member and supporter of The Hive, enjoyed assisting the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in giving several talks there on geology, paleontology, and morphometrics. He had recently been appointed a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission and was honored to give thought and time in that service.
Ralph contributed several articles to the Los Alamos Daily Post; his favorite theme was how numerical and analytical thought can help us understand aspects of our daily lives.
As noted before, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to support Espanola Humane would be greatly appreciated and would reflect his deep affection for all his pets. He had adopted each from shelters or as a stray.
Friends and colleagues are invited to attend the Celebration of Life for Ralph and enjoy food and drink, photos, music from Ralph’s play lists, memorabilia, and to share many wonderful stories and memories.
At 11 a.m. the same day, Ralph’s ashes will be interred in the columbarium at Guaje Pines Cemetery, 901 Range Road, in Los Alamos. You are invited to attend both remembrances or one, as you can.