John G. Lewis, 88, of Roseville California, died peacefully Sunday, 23 February 2014.

John is survived by his wife Carroll of 63 years, as well as their children, and their families: Stacy (Dr. Christian) Parahy, Beziers France; Scott (Janette) Lewis, Austin TX; Stuart (Amy) Lewis, Auburn CA. Born 28 October 1925 in Somerset KY to Victor Wallace and Bertha Gover Lewis, John served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, then earned his Master of Science degree in nuclear physics from Emory University in 1951. John accrued an exemplary career of almost 60 years working to safeguard the defense of our nation. He entered government service in 1951 as a scientist with the US Army Engineering Research & Development Laboratory, Special Projects Branch; completed his government career as Chief, Strategic Structures Division, Shock Physics Directorate, of the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) in 1974; joined R&D Associates (RDA), becoming vice president and retiring in 1990. After retiring, John continued his support to DNA as a consultant. John was recognized by the Department of Defense for his technical contributions and leadership in the development and management of nuclear weapons test programs critical to the survivability and integrity of the nation’s strategic nuclear force. In 1997, the Defense Nuclear Agency presented John a Lifetime Achievement Award for … more than 30 years of

sustained superior contributions to the defense of the United States … He was the major inspiration and force behind the early development of nuclear weapons effects programs in shock physics and hardened military facility design in the three Services … co-author of American Society of Civil Engineers Manual 42, “Design of Structures to Resist Nuclear Weapons Effects” … was influential in advancing the understanding of nuclear effects both in space and in the atmosphere through underground nuclear effects testing … served as a key technical advisor to the Agency as chairman of working groups … that greatly advanced the understanding of hardened silo response to nuclear blast and shock, and that defined hardened basing concepts for the Small ICBM and the PEACEKEEPER missiles. Mr. Lewis’ singularly distinctive lifetime achievements reflect immense credit upon himself, the Defense Nuclear Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Nation.
John will be inurned, with Honors, at the National Cemetery, Dixon CA.

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