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Atilio “Tee” Topazio

Special Engineer DetachmentOak Ridge, TN

Grand Junction, COK-25 Plant
Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/StaffSpecial Engineer Detachment
The K-25 Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

During WWII, Atilio “Tee” Topazio was a member of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED) assigned to the K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Oak Ridge, TN. He was a part of the team that contributed to making the atomic bomb. Before working at Oak Ridge, Topazio received multiple Master's Degrees from the University of Rhode Island. In 1945, while working at Oak Ridge, he was voted as the #1 Oak Ridge athlete.


Later Life

After the war, Topazio was a high school teacher of physics, chemistry, and math. He also taught at Louisiana State University and worked with the Vision Quest Program. Topazio was also actively involved with sports throughout his life, as a player, coach, and officiator. 

Atilio “Tee” Topazio's Timeline
1923 Born in Bristol, Tennessee.
2013 Apr Passed away in Greenville, Rhode Island.

Oak Ridge Baseball Team Group Photo

Basketball Team Group Photo at Oak Ridge

Article, Tee Topazio Earns Title at #1 Oak Ridge Athlete

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