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David Franklin Pickett Jr., PhD


May 3, 1936 - July 24, 2009

David Franklin Pickett Jr., PhD, 73, of Harvest, Texas, passed away Fri- day, July 24, 2009 at 7:14 a.m. Dr. David F. Pickett Jr., born May 3, 1936, was the son of the late David F. Pickett Sr. and the late Dorothy “Dottie” Britton Pick- ett. David was raised in Texas and, even though his career took him across the Unit- ed States and around the world, his heart belonged to Texas. After service with the U.S. Navy, 1956 to 1961, David enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Texas in Austin. He received his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in electro-chemical engineer- ing under Dr. Norman Hackerman. Upon completion of his education, David began his working career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He worked in the Air Force Aero Propulsion Labora- tory and received the S.D. Heron Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in the Advancement of Aerospace Battery Technology in 1974. While in Dayton, David was introduced to his future wife, B. Chris- tine Klop. They began their married life in Dayton, moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., later to Colorado Springs, Colo., and finally to the Huntsville area. David and Christine were happily married for 38 years. Dr. David F. Pickett Jr. was an internation- ally recognized independent consultant, (AAAA Energy Enterprises Inc.) special- izing in aerospace rechargeable batteries. While a scientist with the USAF at WPAFB, he invented the alcohol electrochemical impregnation process for the manufacture of nickel plating for rechargeable alkaline batteries. He joined Hughes S. & CG in 1978 in order to integrate that technology into the recently developed Hughes Ni-H2 battery product. At Hughes, he became manager of the battery product area and was responsible for the establishment of the cell and battery manufacturing facil- ity in Torrance, Calif. After leaving HSC, he entered into a consulting career working

with Eagle-Picher Technologies, Colorado Springs, and several other national and in- ternational battery developers and users. During his 30-year career, his patents contributed to the development and suc- cessful launch of several satellite and shuttle batteries in the U.S. space program. Dr. Pickett was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, American Institute of Aeronau- tics and Astronautics and the Texas Exes. Further contributions included teaching scientific-related coursework at UCLA. He is survived by his wife, B. Christine Pickett, her family, and many nieces and nephews.

Published in Te Huntsville Times on July 26, 2009

Dr. Richard J. (Dick) Lagow, PhD, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, with his beloved wife Roxann Parker-Lagow at his side. Dr. Lagow was born on August 16, 1945, in Albuquerque, N.M. to parents Faye and Ruthe Lagow. He graduated in 1963 with honors from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, TX. He received a football and chemistry scholarship to Rice Univer- sity where he was a three year letterman and went on to graduate with his B.A. in 1967 and earned his PhD in 1969. In 1970, Dr. Lagow earned a N.S.F. Postdoctoral Fellow- ship, and received the I.R. 100 Award. From 1974-75, Dr. Lagow was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. In 1992, he was bestowed the Al- exander von Humboldt Award while being honored as a Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1997, Dr. Lagow was bestowed the great honor of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry. Dr. Lagow was an instructor in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University, Houston, from 1967-69; Assistant Professor, Associ- ate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-76; Asso- ciate Professor, Department of Chemistry,

Richard J. Lagow, PhD

August 16, 1945 - April 26, 2010

The University of Texas at Austin, 1976-80; Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980-1994; and L.N. Vauquelin Regents Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin.

Published by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Fu- neral Home

Dick was one of the most original thinkers of his generation of inorganic chemists. His work ranged broadly over difficult problems – including poly-lithiated organics, direct fluorination of organic and inorganic mol- ecules, linear carbon, artificial teeth and bone – in which he was alone and ahead of his time. Both his outlook on chemistry and the encouragement he gave me as an as- sistant professor, at that time just starting to develop my own ideas about new ways to make materials, influenced me deeply. Dick very kindly gave my students access to his laboratory when we were building our own, and he would drop whatever he was do- ing to have a talk about a scientific problem or a new idea. Dick was also a colorful and truly unforgettable character. He was an ex- ceedingly generous person but, leading by example, he had a way of getting people to do things they would not ordinarily do. This again was useful training for me and some of my colleagues, because we could the next day make specific resolutions about what not to do the next time. In one such incident, half the campus was briefly closed down to allow unfettered access of firemen and detectives to a gram of nitrogen triiodide that I had left in Dick’s office. The full story is long and would embarrass some members of our administra- tion who were trying to get rid of original thinkers at the time and had changed the locks on Dick’s office door. Suffice it to say that good chemistry prevailed, and we will never do it again. I will miss Dick’s friend- ship greatly and send my condolences to our colleagues at UT and to Dick’s wonder- ful family.

Tom Mallouk, PhD Pennsylvania State University

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