At only 25, the young engineer John Horn discovered an essential
design flaw in construction of the famed Diablo Canyon Power Plant near
Santa Barbara, California. In his next career, at LucasFilm, he worked
on films such as Forrest Gump and Star Wars, and
contributed to systems for two films that won Academy Awards for
technical achievement. He was also a dedicated and joyous sport climber,
whose death of a stroke last year at 55 was a complete surprise.
Now two annual $2,500 sport-climbing grants will honor him in perpetuity.