Don Grether


I received my BA in physics from Miami in 1962.  I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois and received a PhD in high-energy physics in 1968.  In the fall of that year I, my wife Becky, and two young sons, Greg and Jeff, moved to Berkeley California for a two-year postdoc position at what was then Lawrence Radiation Lab (the "Rad Lab"). 

My two-year postdoc appointment stretched to 40 years at what is now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), not without changes, however.  Starting in the early 1970's I made a transition from high energy physics to solar energy technologies and switched from the Physics Division to the then brand new Energy & Environment Division, now known as the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD).  I was the EETD Deputy Division Director for many years before retiring in the spring of 2005.  I was rehired on a part-time basis as a Senior Advisor to the EETD Division Director, a role I continue today.

Becky is also a Miami graduate (1964) and we have attended each of our last two reunions.  We are planning to return to Miami this June for her 45th reunion as our way of participating in Miami's bicentennial.

Hobbies?  Well, we mostly enjoy hiking and bicycling in the San Francisco Bay Area, and helping take care of five grandchildren.  Upon retirement we have become international travelers, spending time in Kenya, Ireland, the Galapagos, Egypt, Nicaragua, and Bonaire (an island in the Caribbean).


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