In memoriam: Former Deputy Lab Director Michael Vogt Nevitt
Former Argonne Metallurgist Michael Vogt Nevitt died on July 12, 2017, at the age of 93 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked at Argonne from 1955-1990 and served as director of the Metallurgy Division before being appointed to deputy lab director.
Born in 1923 in Lexington, Kentucky, Nevitt was recruited into the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program at the University of Illinois, majoring in metallurgical engineering. He received with his bachelor’s degree in October 1944 and enlisted in the Navy in 1945. Nevitt received his M.S. (1951) and a Ph.D. (1954) in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois.
He began his career at Argonne as an associate metallurgist and was promoted to senior metallurgist and later, group leader. Nevitt continued his research into metal alloys, particularly those of value to nuclear technology. His research topics included the equilibria of alloy constituents, the crystal chemistry of alloy phases and magnetic properties of alloys at low temperatures. In 1966, he was promoted to Director of the Metallurgy Division and in 1969, he was appointed Deputy Director of Argonne, a position he held until 1980.
Nevitt married his childhood friend, Jean Meierdirks in 1946. They were residents of Wheaton for many years. He is survived by their four children and grandchildren.