My mother

My mother, Joan Warnow-Blewett, born Joan Carol Nelson on December 11, 1931, died Tuesday May 30, 2006, in a hospice (the Bruns House) in Alamo, California. She was a brave woman with an incredible ability to believe in everlasting love. She had a tremendous career, and was rightfully proud of her professional accomplishments at the American Institute of Physics where she had a substantial career as an archivist specializing in 20th Century physics. She was also proud of her children and grandchildren. She had been married three times: to our father, Morton Warnow (divorced in 1964), then to physicist John Paul Blewett (died 2000), and finally to physics historian Martin Klein. She died, surrounded by all her children, her son-in-law, and with her husband holding her hand. They had been married for less than a year. We were lucky to be with her, all of us. I wish only that she had lived longer, and that we had all gotten to know her better. A memorial for my mother was held on June 11, 2006, in Carolina Meadows (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) where she lived with Martin Klein until her death.

My stepfather, Martin J. Klein.

Died March 28, 2009. See this eloge written by his friend and colleague, Anne Kox, which appears in the journal Isis, this memoir by Diana Kormos-Buchwald and Jed Z. Buchwald, published in NAS Online, and the obituary in the New York Times. They were married in Berkeley, California, with his close friend since childhood, Leon Lederman.

My other stepfather, John Paul Blewett,

Died on April 7, 2000, just five days short of turning 90 years old. See the New York Times obituary, and comments from his colleagues, including a very long one by Ernest Courant, his colleague at Brookhaven.

My father

My father, Morton Warnow, died on March 3, 2006. Here is the obituary I wrote for the New York Times.

My family included some musicians. My grandfather, Mark Warnow, conducted the Lucky Strike Hit Parade on the radio, where he conducted Frank Sinatra. His brother, Raymond Scott, although also a conductor, was better known for his unusual compositions.

My sister, Kimmen

My sister, Kimmen Sjolander, is Professor Emerita of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. She now lives in Amsterdam. For a photo of the two of us when we were pretty young, see this.

My brother, Paul

Paul lives in Marin County with his partner Lucia Coppola.

My daughters

Kristin Kane and Menaka Sampath.

My husband, George Chacko

Dancing with George George with his BMW

My grandson, Wesley Tallis Adams

photo from 2006, when he was a few days old.