Obituary: R. Dean Taylor – Dec. 25, 2015

R. DEAN TAYLOR – Dec. 25, 2015

Dr. Raymond Dean Taylor died suddenly on December 25, 2015 due to coronary artery disease at the age of 87.

Dean was a loving husband, father and grandfather, dedicated scientist, avid skier and active member of the First United Methodist Church.

Dean was born in 1928 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He received a BS in 1950 from Pittsburg State University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1954 from Rice University. He then joined the Low Temperature Physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1954.

He maintained an active and productive career at LANL for the past 60 years. He had a special interest in the Mössbauer effect and continued even in recent years to utilize Mössbauer spectroscopy to perform measurements relevant to the mission of the lab. Dean has used the Mössbauer effect to solve important problems in a wide range of fields, from chemistry to solid-state physics and geophysics. Dean was a dedicated science mentor and has had generations of excellent postdocs that have become leaders in the lab.

Dean loved the outdoors and by 1961 had climbed 35 of the 54 mountains in Colorado with an elevation over 14,000 feet – and spent his 30th birthday atop the Matterhorn. Dean served on the national ski patrol for 30 years and remained an avid skier until age 86.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Jan and siblings Frank, Harold, and Louis. He is survived by his siblings Veralee and Melvin. He is also survived by his children Scott Taylor (Dottie) and Kay Taylor Miller (Michael) and grandchildren Katelyn Taylor, Grant Miller, and Erik Miller.

Visitation is Monday, December 28th from 5-8pm and the funeral memorial is Tuesday, December 29th at 3pm, both at the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos.