William T. Oosterhuis

Energy Department Physicist

William Tenley Oosterhuis, 65, an Energy Department physicist and team leader, died Nov. 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He had complications from a kidney transplant a week earlier.

Dr. Oosterhuis, a Gaithersburg resident, was a team leader for condensed matter physics and materials chemistry. He had worked at Energy since 1991 and helped add many programs to the condensed matter physics and materials chemistry team, including X-ray and neutron scattering.

Earlier, he spent 17 years at the National Science Foundation, where he had been a section head for condensed matter sciences in the division of materials research.

Mr. Oosterhuis was born in New York and raised in Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

At Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he received a master's degree and a doctorate in physics in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, England, in 1967 and 1968.

His honors included the Energy Department's Exceptional Service Award.

He was a member of the Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown.

A son, David Oosterhuis, died in 1988.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, M. Jane Stinton Oosterhuis of Gaithersburg; and a daughter, Lynda Oosterhuis of Seattle.