Department News Recent passings With regret, we forward the news that two long-time LPL staffers recently passed away. Sam Clapp died on August 26, 2013. Sam was a project manager who worked on numerous spaceflight missions at LPL. Ron James was an instrument maker/designer for LPL and Steward. He also passed away in August 2013. LPL extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sam and Ron.