Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Shun Lien Chuang, 1954-2014
March 26, 2014

Shun Lien Chuang, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana, passed away 26 March 2014 after an extended battle with cancer.  He was 59.  Chuang received a B.S. in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1976, and M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, ...


Adam Kozma, 1928-2014
January 31, 2014

Adam Kozma, known for his contributions to optical information processing of radar data and holographic memories, died on 31 January 2014, two days short of his 86th birthday. Kozma, the son of Hungarian immigrants, grew up in the Detroit area.  He earned degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S.E., M.S.E.), Wayne State University (M.S.) and the University of London (Ph.D.).  He ...


Orestes Nicholas Stavroudis, 1923-2014
January 18, 2014

Professor Orestes N. Stavroudis, an OSA Fellow and professor emeritus at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, died on 18 January 2014 in Guanajuato, Mexico.  He was 90. Stavroudis was born in New York, NY. He studied at Columbia University, where he obtained bachelor's (1948) and master's (1949) degrees in mathematics. He earned a Ph.D. in optics from the Imperia...


Ivan Paul Kaminow
December 18, 2013

OSA Mourns the Loss of Ivan P. Kaminow, OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to lightwave technology Ivan Paul Kaminow, an OSA Fellow Emeritus whose contributions to lightwave technology revolutionized telecommunications, died on 18 December 2013. He was 83. Kaminow was born in New Jersey and attended Passaic High School.  He received degrees from Union College (B...


Adolf W. Lohmann
December 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  Adolf W. Lohmann, 1926-2013 Adolf W. Lohmann, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography, died on 15 December 2013.  He was 87. Lohmann was born in Germany in 1926 and attended the University of Hamburg, where he received a B.Sc. (1949), M.Sc. (1951), and a Ph.D. in physics (1953). While at ...


Charles M. Vest
December 12, 2013

In Memoriam: Charles M. Vest, 1941-2013 Charles Marstiller Vest, an OSA Fellow who served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), died on 12 December 2013 at his home in Arlington, VA. He was 72. Vest earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and master’s and Ph.D. de...


Marshall Lloyd Ginter
December 09, 2013

In Memoriam:  Marshall Lloyd Ginter, 1935-2013 Marshall Lloyd Ginter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions in the areas of electronic structure of atoms and high resolution spectroscopy, passed away at his home in Laurel, MD on 9 December 2013. He was 78. From 1966-2008, Ginter was a professor of Molecular Physics in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at t...


Fumio Okano
November 26, 2013

In Memoriam: Dr. Fumio Okano, 1952-2013 Dr. Fumio Okano, a well-known pioneer and innovator in 3D displays, passed away on 26 November 2013 in Kanagawa, Japan, at the age of 61. Dr. Okano received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1996, respectively. He joined the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo,...


William C. Martin
September 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  William C. Martin, OSA Fellow Emeritus, 1929-2013William Clyde Martin, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in the fields of atomic spectroscopy and atomic energy, died 15 September 2013 in Washington, DC. He was 83. Martin worked for more than 40 years as a scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he was an expert in the spectra ...


Mark J. Beran
August 05, 2013

In Memoriam: Mark Jay Beran, 1930 - 2013 Mark Jay Beran, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for almost 50 years, died on 5 August 2013, shortly before his 83rd birthday.  Beran earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He began his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of engin...