William "Bill" Bohl

When we started our group, our classmate, William Bohl wrote that he was living at 112 Paseo Penasco St in Los Alamos, NM 87544-2422. Bill wrote that his father Raymond H. was deceased and that his mother, Wilma was still living. His sister, Mary Ellen Bohl Riordan was living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bill was our classmate at Madison Lutheran in grades 7 and 8, was confirmed at Immanuel and after graduating from Madison Lutheran, graduated from Madison West and then earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at UW-Madison. (The picture included is from a UW Badger annual). He retired in 1999 at the age of 55 from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His work included modeling severe accidents in various proposed plutonium breeder reactors until 1989. Some other projects included a computer simulation of the consequences of chemically enhanced steam explosions in a tritium-production reactor, modeling retention and transport of flammable gases in Hanford waste tank sludge, determination of fire propagation risks for a plutonium facility, calculation of how temperatures rise following long-term loss of cooling for Russian (and US) plutonium storage facilities, and so forth. He reported that he has no family and that he enjoys traveling, golf, and hiking in the surrounding forest as health allows (both his and that of the forest after the May 2000 fire).

The Social Security Death Index lists
born 03 Jul 1944
died 02 Aug 2007
87544 (Los Alamos, Los Alamos, NM)
social security issued in Wisconsin

The Newsletter Los Alamos National Laboratory, September 24, 2007 (http://www.lanl.gov/news/newsletter/092407.pdf) supplies the following details:

William Raymond Bohl died August 2. He was 63. Bohl joined the Laboratory in 1977 as a staff member in the former Energy (Q) Division. While at the Lab, he also worked in the former Nuclear Technology and Engineering (N) and Technology and Safety Assessment (TSA) divisions. In both 1982 and 1983, Bohl received distinguished performance awards for his work on reactor safety. He retired in 1999. Bohl received a doctorate in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin. He is survived by his mother E. Wilma Bohl of Wausau, Wisconsin, and a sister Mary Ellen Riordan of Raleigh, North Carolina.