Dorothy McKibbin

Dorothy McKibbin was responsible for welcoming new recruits to the Manhattan Project.

Known by many as the "Gatekeeper to Los Alamos," McKibbin ran the Santa Fe office at 109 East Palace for the Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. She checked in the many scientists who came through Santa Fe on their way to work on the development of the atomic bomb, issuing passes and briefing them about life in the Manhattan Project.

McKibbin worked for the laboratory from 1943 until 1963, but continued her community work after retirement.

Dorothy McKibbin's Timeline

  • 1897 Dec 12th Born in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 1931 to 1943 Moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and worked as a part-time bookkeeper at the Spanish and Indian Trading Company.
  • 1943 Mar 27th to 1963 Jun 30th Joined the Manhattan Project as a secretary at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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