George Kukla

kuklafinalGeorge Kukla (1930-2014) passed away on Saturday, May 31, at his home in Suffern, NY from a heart attack.

George had been a fixture at Lamont for more than four decades. He came to the U.S. from his native Czechoslovakia in 1971 as a National Science Foundation Senior Fellow and was a Visiting Senior Research Associate at Lamont for two years, until he was appointed to the Senior Staff of the Observatory in 1973. He held the positions of Research Staff Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Doherty Senior Research Scientist, and – since 2001 – Special Research Scientist.

A geologist and paleoclimatologist, George was an expert on the climate variations of the Quaternary and their causes, having extracted important information from loess sequences in Europe, North America, and East Asia. On the basis of his early work on the European sequences, George became a pioneering proponent of the orbital theory of ice ages.

Many at Lamont will long remember George’s elaborate picnics, or cookouts, in the woods behind the old Geochemistry Building. George is survived by his wife Helena, daughter Susan, son Michael and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Thursday afternoon and evening:
Date: Thursday, June 5th

Time: 4:30pm – 9pm

Wanamaker Funeral Home
177 New York Rt. 59
Suffern, NY 10901
(845) 357-0423

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