Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

K. Vedam
July 04, 2009

In Memoriam:  Dr. K. Vedam, 1926-2009 Dr. K. Vedam, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who had a long and distinguished career at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Canada.  He was 83. Vedam was born in Vedaranyam, India, in January, 1926.  He received a classical education at Nation...


Steven K. Case
June 16, 2009

OSA Mourns the tragic loss of Steven K. Case Steven K. Case, the founder and chairman of CyberOptics Corp. and an OSA Fellow, died tragically on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, when the single-engine plane that he was piloting crashed while landing in rainy weather at a suburban Minneapolis, MN airport.  He was 60. Case was returning from a business trip to Georgia.  He was the sole oc...


Jacques E. Ludman
June 01, 2009

In memoriam: Jacques Ernest Ludman, 1934-2009 Jacques E. Ludman, an OSA Fellow known for his contributions to holography, died on June 1, 2009, in Hollis, NH. He was 74. Ludman received a BS from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1956 and a PhD from Northeastern University in 1973. He was a research scientist at US Air Force, Rome Air Development Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachuset...


Edward D. Palik
May 07, 2009

In Memoriam: Edward D. Palik, 1928-2009 Edward D. Palik, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who wrote and edited a set of reference books on optical constants, died on May 7, 2009 in Clinton, Maryland, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Palik received his B.S. (1950), M.S. (1952), and Ph.D. (1955) in Physics from Ohio State University. He specialized in far-infrared spectros...


Vladilen S. Letokhov
March 21, 2009

OSA MOURNS THE LOSS OF VLADILEN S. LETOKHOV Professor Vladilen S. Letokhov, an OSA Fellow and head of the Department of Laser Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Spectroscopy in Troitsk, Russia, died on March 21, 2009. He was 69 years old. Letokhov received his Ph.D. (1969) and Doctor of Science (1970) at the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow Region, USSR....


William H. Carter
March 20, 2009

In Memoriam: William H. Carter, 1938-2009 William Harold Carter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in coherence theory, died on March 20, 2009 in Bethesda, MD, USA. He was 70. Dr. Carter was a research physicist and electrical engineer who conducted independent basic research in optics, concentrating on the statistical properties of light. Carter received his BSEE (1961), MSEE ...


Jennifer Leah Horton
March 09, 2009

OSA remembers Jennifer Leah Horton, former OSA Finance Director Jennifer Leah Horton, OSA Director of Finance and Administration from 1988-1994, passed away on March 9, 2009 at her home in High Point, NC, USA. She was 59. When Mrs. Horton joined OSA in 1988, the Society owned a townhome at 1816 Jefferson Place, Washington, DC and was renting space at several nearby offices in order to a...


John R. Whinnery
February 01, 2009

In memoriam: John R. Whinnery, 1916-2009   Peg Skorpinski photo John Roy Whinnery, an OSA Fellow who was an innovator in the field of electromagnetism and communication electronics, died February 1, 2009, at his home in Walnut Creek, California. He was 92.   Whinnery received both his BS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering f...


George J. Zissis
January 08, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE J. ZISSIS, 1922-2009 George J. Zissis, an OSA Fellow who was a research physicist and pioneer in the field of remote sensing, died January 8, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 86. Born December 31, 1922 in Lebanon, Indiana, Zissis was the youngest of four children of John George and Georgia Antonakou Zissis. He interrupted his college work at Purdue to serve as a me...


Richard E. Grojean
December 19, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD E. GROJEAN, 1923-2008 Richard E. Grojean, a Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and an OSA Fellow, died on Friday, December 19, 2008 in Laconia, NH. He was 85. Grojean was born in Washington Heights, New York City, on March 1, 1923, the son of Eugene and Elizabeth (Killkenny) Grojean. He lived in the Boston/Brighton/Brookline, Mass., a...