Rancho Santa Fe physicist funeral services pending

Private funeral services were pending Monday for a Rancho Santa Fe physicist who helped create the atomic bomb during World War II.

Edward Creutz, 96, died of natural causes on June 27 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Creutz developed an interest in science while growing up in his native Wisconsin, the newspaper reported.

In the 1950s, Creutz was one of the nation’s leading scientists when he was asked to help establish a new atomic-energy company for General Dynamics. His work led to the creation of what is now known as General Atomics.

Prior to that, he was among the scientists who worked on the top-secret Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, N.M., in the 1940s.

In addition to science, Creutz was a musician, who played timpani, also known as kettle drums. His interests also included canoeing, gardening, photography and Polynesian culture.

When he couldn’t find an English-Tahitian dictionary, he translated one from the French and published his own version, according to the Union-Tribune.

Creutz is survived by his second wife, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services are pending, the Union-Tribune reported. The family suggests donations to San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.

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