Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Arthur H. Guenther
April 21, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Arthur H. Guenther Arthur H. Guenther, passionate advocate for the optics & phonics community, died on April 21, 2007 at his home in New Mexico. An OSA Fellow and long-time member, Guenther worked tirelessly on behalf of education, international outreach and pubic policy. “Art's death is indeed a sad marker of time passing. We'll miss the big fr...


Casper J. Aronson
April 12, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of Casper J. Aronson Casper J. "Cappy" Aronson, 90, a weapons engineer with the old Naval Ordnance Laboratory, died on April 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA. An OSA Emeritus Member, Aronson received a bachelor's degree in physics in 1938 and a master's degree in optics in 1940 from the University of Rochester. He moved to Washington, DC to work with the ...


Roger A. Lessard
February 26, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Roger A. Lessard Roger A. Lessard passed away on February 26, 2007 in Quebec City, Canada. He obtained a bachelor's degree in science from the Université of Moncton, NB and in physics from Université Laval. In 1973, he graduated with a DSc in physics and optics from Université Laval where he spent most of his career as a researcher and professor. Dr. Lessard, a...


John Walter Strohbehn
February 22, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of John Walter Strohbehn OSA Fellow John Walter Strohbehn, 70, died in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Feb. 22, 2007. Strohbehn received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  In 1963, he began his teaching career at Dartmouth College as an assistant professor at the Thayer School of Engineering.  He was the associate dean of...


Silverio Pedro Almeida
January 20, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Silverio Pedro Almeida OSA Emeritus Member, Silverio Pedro Almeida, 73, died on January 20, 2007. After receiving his B.A. in Physics from Clark University, Almeida attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a M.S. in Physics, then Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, where he received a Ph.D in Physics.  He conducted his post graduate...


Arthur Cox
January 08, 2007

OBITUARY FOR DR. ARTHUR COX (1914-2007) By Dr. Fred Abbott In early January the Optical Community lost one of the World’s best known and respected Optical Designers, Dr. Arthur Cox. Arthur had been a friend for almost 40 years and was actively designing lenses until a few days before his death at 92, in Newport Beach, California. Arthur graduated with honors from the University o...


James M. Palmer
January 04, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of James M. Palmer James M. Palmer died on January 4, 2007, in Tucson, AZ, at the age of 69. An OSA member since 1962, Palmer was research professor emeritus of optical sciences at The University of Arizona, where he earned his MS and PhD degrees in optics at the College of Optical Sciences.  He joined the university’s faculty in 1975.   Earlier in ...


Charles K. Carniglia
December 22, 2006

Charles K. Carniglia 1944-2006 Charles Keith (‘‘Chuck”) Carniglia, gifted teacher, scientist and technologist, passed away surrounded by his family after an extended illness in Santa Rosa, Calif. His achievements ranged from awards for excellence in teaching to theoretical studies of the Goos-Haenchen effect to key contributions in practical coatings for many U.S. proje...


Hans Coufal
September 19, 2006

OSA Mourns the Loss of Hans Coufal Hans Coufal, a well known member of the scientific community, died on September 19, 2006 at the age of 61 in Palo Alto, Ca. Coufal worked most recently as Manager, Science and Technology, at IBM Almaden Research Center, where he oversaw prominent research areas, including quantum information, nanotechnology, supercomputer simulations and holographic dat...


Robert M. Boynton
September 04, 2006

In Memoriam: Robert M. Boynton Robert M. Boynton, a renowned member of the vision community and a Fellow Emeritus of OSA, died Monday, September 4, 2006 at his Del Mar, California home. He was 81. Dr. Boynton was well known for his research on the neurophysiological processes in the eye and brain that underlie vision. His book, "Human Color Vision" is a standard text studied b...