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Lorraine Volsky, former SRO Director of JILA, passed away

Published: 08-01-2018

Former JILAn Lorraine Volsky passed away on 21 July 2018. As the former Director of JILA's Scientific Reports Office, Lorraine Volsky found humorous ways to depict keeping staffers Leslie Haas and Gwendy Romey in line.

Former JILAn Lorraine Volsky passed away on July 21, 2018.  Lorraine worked at JILA from 1968 to 2013; leading the JILA Scientific Reports Office (now Science Communications Office) for the bulk of that time.  

Lorraine Marie Halbower Volsky passed away early Saturday morning, July 21, 2018, at her Boulder residence, attended by family and friends. She was 88. Lorraine was born in Anthony, Kansas, where she grew up a hard-working farm girl with a keen interest in music and photography. She attended Kansas State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism, as well as meeting and marrying her husband of 51 years, Dr. Theodore Volsky.

The Volskys settled in Boulder in the 60s, where Lorraine began her career at the University of Colorado as an editor at JILA - then known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics. For nearly 40 years, she helped physicists, astronauts, and research scientists remain readable, accurate, and relevant with her sharp eye and her ever-present red pencil. During that time, she and her husband rarely missed a CU football game, and were active participants in the World Affairs conference.

After retirement, Lorraine became a world traveler. Always curious, she visited more than 26 countries throughout Europe, South America, and Asia, often participating in local customs and adventurous activities including canoeing in the Yucatan, zip-lining through Costa Rica, and riding elephants in India, all the while creating extensive photo records of her experiences. Well known for her deep love and appreciation for music, dance, and theater, Lorraine also enjoyed sporty cars, good detective novels, and contributed generously to many charitable organizations, particularly those concerned with environment and animal welfare.

She will be missed by all who knew her, and especially by her daughters, Christine Northrup and Pam Vevea. No service is planned at this time. Those wishing to remember Lorraine in the spirit in which she lived are invited to contribute to the World Wildlife Fund, or their local philharmonic orchestra.