|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1948|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2005|
Walter J. Apley, 56, passed away April 4, 2005, following a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. Walt is survived by his wife, Gail, and their two daughters, Becky and Snejana; mother, Kay Apley of Salem, Oregon; father, Walt Apley, Sr. of Ajijic, Mexico; and sister and brother-in-law, Betsy and Manuele Ballarin of Venice, Italy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sue in 1975 and Maureen in 2004.
He was a perfect friend and loving husband and father, son and brother. He was and is a major source of strength, humor, compassion and guidance, and empowered all he came to know. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed composing limericks and loved history, especially books on Ben Franklin. He lived life with humility and a gentleness that was endearing, and had a smile that was contagious.
Walt was born on July 9, 1948, and raised in Salem, Oregon; and then graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's and master's degree in engineering. Following five years of service as a nuclear submarine officer, Walt earned his master's and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington.
He joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1977, where he held numerous leadership positions. He served as PNNL's Deputy Director for Operations, FFTF Standby Project Office Director, and Associate Laboratory Director for the Environmental Technology Directorate. He also was named interim Laboratory Director in early 2003. Most recently, he was an invaluable member of the Battelle Energy Alliance team that successfully bid on the management of the Idaho National Laboratory.
In both his professional and personal life, Walt was a dedicated man. He was an active member of Christ the King Church and the American Nuclear Society, and supported several community organizations, including Columbia Basin College, the Children's Center, United Way, and the March of Dimes and programs at many N.W. universities.
Walt was well known for his wry wit and penchant for sharing quotations. He would likely want us to remember the words of Mark Twain, "Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution – these can lift a colossal humbug, push it a little, weaken it a little; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
Services for Walt will be Monday, April 11, 2005, at noon in Christ the King Church in Richland. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the Richland Community Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice and Counseling, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336; and to Christ the King School, 1122 Long Ave., Richland, WA 99352.
Rebecca Ann Apley (1984 - 2012)*
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Originally Created by: Dan Thorn
Record added: Oct 06, 2009
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