Kent Estabrook

Kent Estabrook, 76, passed away on Dec. 22, 2019. Born in Astoria, Oregon, Kent was the son of Jerry Estabrook and Brownie Estabrook. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Julia; children Molly (Tony) and Ben (Melisa); granddaughters Annie and Audrey; step-grandchildren Conor, Meredith (Sam) and Alyson; step great-granddaughters Gigi and Eden; sister Diann (James); and brothers Rick (Val) and Mark (Charlotte).

Kent received a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in plasma physics from the University of Tennessee. After graduating from UT, Kent had a postdoctoral fellowship at École Polytechnique in France, followed by an Oak Ridge Associated Universities postdoctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He was a senior research physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 26 years, and a fellow in the Plasma Division of the American Physical Society.

In retirement, Kent enjoyed his life-long interest and talent for photography. His greatest joy was his family. He loved going on trips with them to national parks, the West and the East coasts, and the San Francisco Bay Area, which often included the Exploratorium.

Kent valued learning about other cultures through participation in the Homestay Program of the Experiment in International Living: Japan (1966) and the former Czechoslovakia (1967). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Experiment in International Living, Scholarship Fund.