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Marvin Mueller Leaves Lasting Gift In Community

on February 2, 2019 - 12:15pm
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Marvin Mueller bestowed many significant gifts to the local community. During the Jan. 29 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reported that one of these gifts is the Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which was established for the Los Alamos Police Department employees and their families.

The memorial scholarship, which totals $1,000, also is open to other applicants with a financial need and a desire to support their community, according to agenda documents.

Sgambellone explained to the Los Alamos Daily Post that Mueller wished to provide this scholarship to the police department because back in 2015 he was a victim of a crime. Sgambellone said Los Alamos detectives were able to solve that crime and bring justice to that situation.

As a result, upon his passing, Mueller earmarked various funds for different causes and working with Mueller’s brother, who served as his executor, the family decided to earmark some of those funds for the police department, Sgambellone said.  

“I am particularly grateful for the support we have received in this community and for the Mueller family in establishing this scholarship,” he said.

According to agenda documents, Mueller worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years. 

Additionally, his philosophical interests steered him toward the Humanist movement and Mueller strove to make life better for everyone.

It was reported in the agenda documents that in his will, Mueller specified that most of his assets be donated to scientific organizations, especially those involved in the teaching of science, human rights groups and to numerous charities each of which helped people in one way or another. 

For instance, Mueller’s estate presented two $15,000 checks, one to each of the two local senior centers.

For more information about the Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship criteria and to access an application, visit