Lois C. K. Carwile, 82, a physicist whose career embraced teaching and research work for private industry and the federal government, died Friday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. She had been suffering from cancer and Parkinson's Disease.
Dr. Carwile was born in West Milgrove, Ohio, and grew up in Chester, Va. She earned bachelor's master's and doctor's degrees in physics at the University of Virginia.She then taught at the Moravian College for Women in Bethlehem, Pa., for several years. In 1944, she and her husband, the late Dr. Preston B. Carwile, also a physicist, moved to Cambridge, Mass. Mrs. Carwile worked for a number of firms in the Boston area, including Raytheon Corp., from which she retired in 1961.
From 1961 to 1968, she worked for the Army Research Laboratories in Natick, Mass., and then moved in Wheaton to be near members of her family.
She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Kensington chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Dr. Carwile's survivors include a daughter, Corine Bloss, of Rockville, a son, Roger, of Eldersburg, Md., three brothers, Howard Ketcham, of Richmond, Herbert Ketcham, of Chester, Va., and Kenneth Ketcham, of Clifton Forge, Va., and two grandchildren. Another son, Kenneth Carwile, died in 1964.