Heather Ann (Williamson) Messenger 1955-1998
CleanRooms mourns the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Heather Messenger, executive editor of PennWell Publishing`s Laser Focus World magazine who died January 3. Heather`s boundless energy, love of the laser industry, and devotion to editorial excellence were an inspiration to us all.
After earning her BS in chemistry from Northern Michigan University and her MS in physical chemistry from the University of Oregon, she founded Spectroscopy magazine. She joined Laser Focus World in 1989 as senior technical editor. As executive editor, she shared her encyclopedic technical knowledge with anyone wise enough to ask for it, and was a firm yet supportive mentor to many editors and writers. She will be sorely missed. — Lorraine Savage