Stephen “Steve” Davidson Stoddard, 88, died May 24, 2013. World War II veteran, “Battle of the Bulge”soldier, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge recipient, devoted husband and father, Ceramic Engineer Extraordinaire, Justice of the Peace, Los Alamos County Commissioner, three term New Mexico State Senator, Patriot, Statesman, Los Alamos Living Treasure, a friend to all, a connoisseur of fine scotch and a good cigar. Another member of the “Greatest Generation” has left our midst.
Upon returning to the States, Steve enrolled in the Connecticut College for Women before entering the University of Illinois. He enjoyed the summer where the enrollment was 40 men to 300 women! While earning a BS in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Illinois he met and wed Joann Burt, his first wife in 1949. After his graduation in 1950, his first job was in Golden, Colo., with the Coors Porcelain Co. Steve spent three years there before applying to the Lab in Sandia, NM and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to get more applied technical ceramics exposure. Click here for full obituary.