Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Stefan Günster, 1960-2016
June 19, 2016

Stefan Günster, PhD, tragically passed away on 19 June 2016 while hiking the Ventana Canyon Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona, USA.  Günster and colleagues from Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) were attending The Optical Society’s Optical Interference Coating (OIC) Conference and Exhibition.  Günster went hiking with Marcus Turowski and Marco Jupe al...


Les Allen, 1936-2016
June 16, 2016

Les Allen, an OSA Fellow and an internationally renowned expert on the properties of laser light, passed away on 16 June 2016. Allen was known as a pioneer of laser physics and spent a significant portion of his career researching laser physics and quantum optics at the University of Sussex, where he was a founding member of the department. He was 80.   Allen received four degrees from I...


Erwin G. Loewen, 1921-2016
June 08, 2016

Erwin G. Loewen, an OSA Fellow and an internationally recognized expert on diffraction gratings, passed away on 8 June 2016 at the age of 95.    Loewen was born in Germany and emigrated to the US in 1938. He received a BMechE degree from New York University in 1941 and then served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Follo...


Galina Khitrova, 1959-2016
June 04, 2016

Galina Khitrova, OSA Fellow and active committee volunteer, passed away on 4 June 2016 due to complications from chronic health issues. Galina was a Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences and was internationally known for her work in the area of semiconductor optics, nonlinear optics of quantum wells and dots, and cavity quantum electrodynamics.&...


Paul R. Yoder, Jr., 1927-2016
May 26, 2016

Paul R. Yoder, Jr., an OSA Fellow and prominent engineer of optical components and instruments, passed away on 26 May 2016 in his home in Norwalk, CT, USA.  Many of the components and instruments designed by Yoder were used by the US military, NASA, and the medical community.  He was 89.   Yoder received a BS degree in physics from Juniata College in 1947 and MS in physics from...


Ronald W. Waynant, 1940-2016
May 08, 2016

Ronald W. Waynant, OSA Fellow and former committee volunteer, passed away on 8 May 2016. Ron was born in Gettysburg, PA, on 4 October 1940, the son of Vaughn and Naomi Waynant.  Ron was valedictorian of Thurmont High School class of 1958 and attended Johns Hopkins University, earning a Bachelor's in Engineering Science in 1962. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical En...


Wolfgang Sandner, 1949-2015
December 05, 2015

Professor Wolfgang Sandner, well-known member of the optics and photonics community and OSA member, passed away on 5 December 2015. Sandner was the Director General of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Delivery Consortium (ELI-DC). He was 66. Sandner, born in 1949, studied physics at the University Freiburg. Following the completion of his PhD in atomic physics, he started working with lasers...


Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, 1954-2015
November 20, 2015

Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, Ph.D., an OSA Fellow and active OSA member having served as a conference speaker and committee member, passed away on 20 November 2015.  Thompson was the Group Director, Research and Development/Optics at Synopsys, Inc. Thompson was known for leading breakthroughs in the understanding of the aberration fields of a new class of truly nonsymmetric optical system...


Theresa C. Laurin, 1924-2015
November 05, 2015

Theresa C. "Teddi" Laurin, founder and CEO of Laurin Publishing Co., died Nov 5 at home in Pittsfield, MA. She was an early leader in photonics publishing and an Committee OSA Member. Laurin was well known for her incredible support and involvement in the optics community. She was 91. Laurin began working as an editor for Dr. Clifton Tuttle, a physicist with Eastman Kodak, ...


Douglas C. Sinclair, 1938-2015
October 10, 2015

Douglas Sinclair, OSA Fellow and Adolph Lomb Medal recipient, passed away on 10 October 2015.  Sinclair was an Emeritus member of The Optical Society with 55 years of membership, having joined in 1960.  He was Editor of the Journal of the Optical Society of America from 1976-1978, President of the Rochester Section in 1975, and Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the International Comm...