University of Texas,
Physics Department Picnic 1949


Physics Department Picnic 1949

These photos are from the files of George Thurston, a PhD student in physics at the time. They were shared by his daughter, Mary Thurston.



Bert W. Lindsay. He is sitting about six people from far end of the table on the left side in the first photo. A dark bottle is in front of him and to his left is a man with a receding hair line. Bert earned a masters in physics from UT and worked for Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He married Gene Summy. Bert was very active in Democratic politics in New Mexico.

Walter Pondrom, The man to left of Bert Lindsay looks very much like Walter Pondrom, a graduate student, later Professor of Physics at UT.

George Shaffer Massingill, is to right of Bert Lindsay. George earned an MA in 1952. His thesis was An Investigation of Periodicity in the Earth’s Gravitational Field.

Claude Horton. He is sitting on left side of the table, second from the front, both hands up and together.

Kenneth Harris Ribe, The young man in the middle in a tee shirt with his hands on his hips is Kenneth Ribe.

Milton J. Cormier. In the middle photo the young man with the baseball glove is Milton J. Cormier. He was earning a masters in biochemistry. Milton J. Cormier, Ph.D. was born in 1926 in a rural town in northern Louisiana. He received hia B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and hi M.S. degree in 1950 in biochemistry from the University of Texas in Austin. His thesis was entitled, “A study of the function of the acetate-replacing factors.” He finished his PhD work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After two years of postdoctoral work he accepted a position as assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Georgia in Athens. During his tenure at Georgia, he helped formed a Department of Biochemistry and he eventually became Research Professor of Biochemistry. He published about 142 scientific papers and invited reviews in his speciality which was the study of the biochemistry and molecular biology of how creatures of the sea produce visible light, a phenomenon referred to as bioluminescence.

Kenneth Harris Ribe. The young man to the right of the tree with back to the camera is Kenneth Harris Ribe. He had received his BS in physics in 1948. He later became a Luthern minister.

John Jamison “J squared” Miller. The fielder with the cap is Professor J. J. Miller. The catcher is identified on the back of the photo as “Pliny or Perry or Penry or ?. The batter is George Massengill.

John Jamison “J squared” Miller. The batter is Professor J. J. Miller. The catcher is identified on the back of the photo as “Pliny or Perry or Penry or ?.

James E. Nunnally (1924–2007). James is the batter in the photo.The following is from his obituary. He was born on April 20, 1924, in Jacksonville to the late Lillian Willis and Guy Reagan Nunnally. Mr. Nunnally graduated from Jacksonville Senior High School in 1941, received his Associate's Degree in Arts from Lon Morris College, his Bachelor's Degree in Science and Physics and Masters from The University of Texas at Austin. His masters in 1952 was entitled, “A check upon the relationship between the elastic constants and an ultrasonic wave velocity in a single zinc crystal.” He trained extensively in Radiological Physics both on-the-job and formal courses and also was the Acting Chief of Dosimetry at University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, in Houston.

Mr. Nunnally retired after 17 years from the United States Government as a Radiological Physicist. He taught Radiological Physics at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and also at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville. Mr. Nunnally was a member of the International Grapho Analysis Society, Inc., the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American Board of Radiology. He was an avid chess player, and played in the U.S. Open Postal Chess Championship.

During his lifetime he received a vast array of exceptional honors, awards and achievements as well as numerous military medals. He received an Army Air Forces Certificate of Appreciation for War Service. The American Association of Physics in Medicine gave James the Exceptional Merit in Medical Physics for his outstanding contribution to education in medical physics as co-author on the 1st edition of "An Introduction to the Physics of Diagnostic Radiology."

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Helen Frances Terrell Nunnally of Tyler; sister-in-law, Pat Manziel of Tyler; nephews, James Dennis Fowler of Jacksonville, and John Paul Manziel of Kerrville; nieces, Cathy Manziel Ramsey of Plano and Bridgette Manziel Hooper of Tyler -

George Massengill. He is the catcher.

Kenneth Harris Ribe. In the foreground with back to the camera is Kenneth Harris Ribe. He had received his BS in physics in 1948, photo below from Cactus yearbook. Ken eventually became a Lutheran minister following his retirement from ESSO. Kenneth was from San Antonio, and a family steeped in UT tradition. His brothers Marshall and Fred Linden Ribe, ’44, had previously graduated there. Fred, who graduated in Electrical Engineering became a recognized leader in fusion physics. He had a long career at Los Alamos and University of Washington. Marshall graduated in Mechanical Engineering and work for RCA in New Jersey.

W. W. “Bill” Robertson is the catcher in the picture with back to the camera. He became a professor of physics at UT.

Hull, the runner crossing the plate was identified on the back by George Thurston as “Hull.” No further information currently.