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LANL Friendships Last A Lifetime

on August 22, 2019 - 8:40am

In a practice that has occured every month for more than three decades, a group of brilliant retirees from the Weapons Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory gathered Wednesday for lunch and laughter. The group of 18 members ranges in age from the mid 60s to mid 90s. They meet at a couple of different restaurants around town and last Wednesday gathered at the Blue Window Bistro on Central Avenue. From left, Gordon Willcutt, Sheila Shafer, Barry Shafer, Albert Charmatz, Joan Charmatz, Alice Horpedahl and Richard Maltrud. Group members not at Wednesday's lunch include Burt Banks, George Carlson, Joseph Fritz, Earle Marie Hanson, Dean Carstens, John Hopkins, Gloria Kwei, Nancy Maltrud and Gary and Rebecca Stradling. Maltrud explained that he and his colleagues bonded while working at LANL through W Division parties, dances and dinners and began gathering for lunch nearly 40 years ago ... they thoroughly enjoy each others company so have kept  up the tradition. Photo by Carol A. Clark/