Longtime ANS member and uranium enrichment expert turns 100

June 21, 2021, 9:30AMANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS lifetime member Nathan H. Hurt recently celebrated his 100th birthday in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. To mark the occasion the city’s mayor, Cal Sheehy, declared June 6 as Nathan H. Hurt Day.

100-year-old Nathan H. Hurt proudly displays a proclamation declaring June 6 as a day in his honor in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (Photo: Lake View Terrace Memory Care)

Background: Hurt spent 64 years working in the nuclear field, managing the design, construction, and operation of chemical and nuclear facilities while also becoming an expert in uranium enrichment. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 40 years, much of that time with Goodyear Atomic, a subsidiary created to fulfill a contract with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission for the operation of a new uranium enrichment facility.

Hurt eventually became Goodyear Atomic's president and general manager. He later worked for Los Alamos Technical Associates and IDM Environmental Corporation, and later still as a senior consultant where he provided consulting services on uranium enrichment and radioactive cleanup to companies with Department of Energy contracts.

The mayor speaks: “(Hurt) developed particular expertise in the design and operation of gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment operations as president of Goodyear Atomic, and in decommissioning and radioactive site cleanup operations in senior management roles at Los Alamos Technical Associates and IDM Environmental Corporation,” Sheehy said.

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