Louis Charles Semprebon
Claremont, N.H. — Louis Charles Semprebon died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Elmwood in Claremont. He was born August 3, 1926 in Barre, Vt., to Guido Semprebon, an Italian immigrant stone cutter, and Mary Severance. He was the oldest of five boys. Upon graduating from Spaulding HS, he joined the U.S. Navy for two years as a radio technician decommissioning ships. Afterwards, he worked in Eastman Kodak’s research labs in Rochester, N.Y. while studying at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Louis moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he earned his B.S. in Physics at UCLA in 1957 and met his future wife, UCLA art graduate Ann Messinger. After marriage, they relocated to Boulder, Colo., where he worked for the National Bureau of Standards before being sent to Ellsworth Station in Antarctica for the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. Mt. Semprebon in Antarctica. A mountain there is named in honor of his service. Upon return, the couple moved to Lyme, N.H. and Louis completed his Masters degree in ionospheric research in 1963 at the Radiophysics department of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School. They moved to Hanover and he worked as a research engineer for the remainder of his career. His research of Earth’s ionosphere included frequent travel, including sites in Alaska, Canada, Fiji, and Peru.
Louis loved music and singing, and was active in several church choirs, the Shaker Revels, the North Country Chordsmen barbershop group, and local madrigal, Bach Study, and shaped notes groups. He arranged music, sound, and lighting for the Parish Players for many years, and occasionally acted.
Louis leaves his wife, Ann of Hanover, N.H.; brother, Albert, of Denver, Colo.; son, Rolf and wife, Joan of Portland, Ore.; son, Andrew and wife, Deborah of Arlington, Va., son, Jeffrey of Claremont; and five grandchildren, Julian, Amelia, Laurel, Louisa, and Liam.