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Obituary: Dante Stirpe July 27, 1928 – Oct. 5, 2017

on October 22, 2017 - 5:31am

DANTE STIRPE July 27, 1928 Oct. 5, 2017

Dante Stirpe, 89, passed away in Tucson, AZ, on October 5, 2017.

Dante was born near Veroli, Italy, on July 27, 1928, to mother Annunziata and father Costantino. His father emigrated to the United States, and the rest of the family followed a few years later in 1931, settling in Schenectady, NY.

Dante earned a BS from Union College, an MS from Iowa State University, and a PhD in physics from the University of Missouri. During college in Iowa, he met Beverly Jean Anderson, marrying her in 1953.

His first job in the sciences landed him back in New York, at General Dynamics in Rochester, but in 1962 he moved his family across the country to New Mexico, accepting a position at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (now LANL), where he focused on shock hydrodynamics, timing and firing of devices, technology assessments, and materials accounting.

He was well known at LANL for his writing skills, and at home he loved writing fiction stories in his favorite genre: mystery/suspense. His stories were published by Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 1970-71. He continued to read avidly most of his life. He enjoyed reciting dynamic lines from well-loved mystery and western paperbacks as well as classic poetry, plus sing parts of Beethoven’s 9th—“Ode to Joy”—(in German!) and “The Streets of Laredo.” He also played a mean game of tennis in his day.

Dante is survived by his daughter, Marina in Illinois and grandchild, Jade; daughter, Norine in Arizona, son-in-law, Steve, and grandchild Kenna; and daughter, Dianna in Oregon. Dante is also survived by his twin sister, Damia (Stirpe) DeFrank and her children and their families, as well as his brother’s children and their families. He is predeceased by his brother, Gino and his niece, Linda.

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