Colleen Black died peacefully Thursday, March 19, 2015, surrounded by her family.
Born Mary Colleen Rowan in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 21, 1925, Colleen was the second of 10 children to James Leo and Bess Rowan. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1943.
Colleen and her entire family moved to Clinton Engineering Works (Oak Ridge) to help the war effort in 1944. Her life experiences in early Oak Ridge are documented in Denise Kiernan’s best seller “The Girls of Atomic City.” The book tells the exciting story of 19-year-old Colleen working for Ford, Bacon, and Davis as a leak detector at K-25. It was at K-25 that Colleen met a tall dark and handsome SED engineer—Clifford Black.
Colleen and Cliff were married at the Chapel on the Hill in November 1945. [Read more…]