William “Bill” N. Lawless ’59 of Westerville, Ohio, died on December 25, 2009. Bill was born in Denver in 1936. He graduated from Mines with a degree in metallurgical engineering and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. In 1965, he received his PhD in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Throughout his career as a physicist, Bill received many patents and awards. He was a member of IEEE and the American Physical Society, and was co-owner of Ceramphysics with his good friend and partner, Dr. Fred Clark.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Nancy; daughters, Laurie Lawless, Denise Lawless and Therese Cooke; stepchildren, Pamela Bury and Gregory Button; and 10 grandchildren.