Joseph Himes, NRC employee

Thursday, March 10, 2011; 6:32 PM

Joseph Himes, who helped develop emergency response plans during his three-decade career at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died Feb. 10 at his home in Rockville of complications from heart disease. He was 76.

Mr. Himes began working on developing the NRC's incident response program in the mid-1970s as a contractor working for the Mitre Corp. He joined the NRC staff in 1980, shortly after the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

After the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power facility in Ukraine, Mr. Himes played a key role in helping Ukrainian officials create an emergency response program. He also participated in the NRC's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Joseph Ellsworth Himes was born in Brookville, Pa. He served in the Army National Guard of New York and, during the Korean War, in the U.S. Army.

He received an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in physics, all from George Washington University.

Before joining Mitre, he worked at the National Bureau of Standards and the defense contractor Analytic Services.

His marriage to T. Evelyn McElroy Himes ended in divorce. Survivors include a son, Daniel E. Himes of Marblehead, Mass.; a sister; and three grandsons.

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