In Memory of Richard “Dick” Vivian

5 October 1924 - 22 December 2017

Dick Vivian was born and raised in Los Angeles. He attended USC and was in the Navy ROTC program.  Before graduating from USC, he was called to Active Duty by the Navy where he served aboard the USS MACON (CA132) until he was released after the end of WWII to return to college.  He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  Following graduation, he worked for several years at the Hanford Nuclear Research Facility. 

In 1952, he moved to Albuquerque where he worked at the Atomic Energy Commission, which then became Sandia Labs, until his retirement.  In Albuquerque he was an active Marksman, Hunter, Skier, and Hiker.  

Having served on a number of extended missions for Sandia Labs in Turkey and other European countries, he continued to travel the world, including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro at 80.  Dick dedicated untold hours to the US Forest Service hiking and mapping all of the various trails in both the Sandias and Manzanos Mountains.  


Dick was known for many things by those who knew him, but the common thread was that he was a caring, determined, and compassionate gentleman.  He was a deeply empathetic person who continued to grow intellectually and spiritually throughout his long life.