Daniel L. Comstock, a long-time resident of Los Alamos and employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), passed away unexpectedly in April. He was 69. Dan worked as a librarian for most of his career, first in the Denver public libraries and later in Los Alamos as the librarian for LANL’s photography collection. A native of Ohio, he was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) and received his masters in librarianship from the University of Denver.
Dan was a devoted friend of libraries and a strong supporter of local animal humane groups. After retirement, his most memorable moments were spent driving through New Mexico’s mountainous and scenic landscapes, an experience he found mystical. He was a devotee of books, American classic movies, and early American television programs.
Dan had an extensive knowledge of LANL’s important photo collections. He worked collaboratively and tirelessly with LANL staff and with those from other museums and institutions to fill their requests for loans of materials suitable for exhibition. His dedication to his work and to his colleagues advanced LANL’s education mission in important ways.
Dan is survived by his niece, Melissa Thomas, of North Carolina. Numerous friends from his career at the Lab as well as friends and acquaintances in Albuquerque, among them his long-time fellow book collector Jerry M. Whitlock, also survive him. His beloved cat Chico survives and has found a new home in Los Alamos.
Those wishing to honor Dan’s life may make contributions to their local animal shelter or to the friends of the library group in their community.
Dan will be cremated and his ashes spread in a private ceremony.