J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s 50th Anniversary Exhibit Runs Through April 24

JROMC board members Art Freed and Becky Shankland discuss the Doctor Atomic opera portion of the exhibition ‘The Legacy of Learning’ during the opening reception at Step Up Gallery in the Mesa Public Library. Freed has traveled all over Europe and America to see productions of the John Adams opera. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Wendi Dunn, the graphic designer for ‘The Legacy of Learning’, far left, chats with JROMC members Jim Tencate and Vivien Chen. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

This June 14, 1954 issue of Time Magazine featuring J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the many items on display at ‘The Legacy of Learning’ exhibit which runs until April 24 at the Step Up Gallery. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

JROMC Committee members, from left, Jeanne Robinson, Councilor Sara Scott and Christine Hazard-Phillips greet visitors to the opening reception for the Committee’s 50th anniversary Thursday. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

A portion of the display of photos from the collection of Kitty Oppenheimer. She offered her photo collection to the JROMC in 1972 and shipped two albums, one with photos of her life before J. Robert Oppenheimer and another with photos of his early life. Photos from both albums may be seen at the exhibit. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com


Those who attended Thursday’s opening reception for the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s (JROMC) opening reception for its 50th anniversary exhibit were delighted to see a wonderful display of Oppenheimer and the JROMC history. “A Legacy of Learning” includes a great variety of photos, information, a timeline and even pieces of trinitite for those interested in the many facets of both Oppenheimer and the JROMC’s activities over the last 50 years. There’s even an 18-question quiz for those serious Oppenheimer aficionados with answers provided on the JROMC website jromc.org.

The JROMC consists of 25 members of various professional backgrounds and regional communities, all dedicated to furthering the memory of J. Robert Oppenheimer who was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project.

There’s still plenty of time to see the exhibit which runs through April 24. Allow yourself enough time to wander and read all the information and examine the dozens of fascinating photos.
Step Up Gallery is located on the top level of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Open hours are Monday –Thursday: 10 a. m. – 8 p. m.; Friday: 10 a. m. – 6 p. m.; Saturday: 10 a. m. – 5 p. m.; closed Sunday.

JROMC members Anna Llobet-Magias and Richard Swenson chat during Thursday’s reception. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The JROMC has awarded more than $668,000 to some 264 students through its scholarship program since its inception in 1984. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The ‘Legacy of Learning’ exhibit includes some pieces of Trinitite. When the first atomic bomb was exploded at the Trinity Site, the desert sand at the heart of the explosion was discovered to have been fused into a dull green glass, which the scientists named ‘Trinitite’. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

JROMC Committee members Wendee Brunish and Jim Tencate were among those who enjoyed Thursday’s reception at the Step Up Gallery. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The Los Alamos Reporter rounded a corner and there he was, lurking in the corner next to a display of pertinent books and preiodicals. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com