Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Hyatt M. Gibbs
September 03, 2012

In Memoriam: Hyatt M. Gibbs, 1938-2012 Hyatt M. Gibbs, an OSA Fellow and a professor emeritus of optical sciences at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, died Monday, 3 September 2012, in France, after a long battle with mesothelioma. He was 74. Gibbs, who earned his B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1960, graduated with a Ph.D. ...


Jarus W. Quinn
August 11, 2012

OSA Mourns the Loss of Jarus W. Quinn, 1930-2012: Served as OSA's First Executive Director Jarus W. Quinn, who served as OSA's first Executive Director and guided the growth of the Society from 1969 through 1994, died on 11 August 2012, shortly before his 82nd birthday. Dr. Quinn earned a B.S. from St. Joseph's College. In 1964, he received a Ph....


Alfred C. Webber
August 08, 2012

In Memoriam: Alfred C. Webber, 1907-2012 Alfred C. Webber, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and a member of the Society since 1943, died on 8 August 2012 at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was 104. Born in Lisbon Falls, Maine in 1907, Webber graduated from Lisbon Falls High School, Bates College (B.S. 1928) and Boston University (M.S. 1940). He started his c...


Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota
July 25, 2012

In Memoriam: Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, 1946-2012 Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, Professor of Optics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain, passed away on 25 July, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 65. Gomez-Reino received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain, in 1968, 1970 and 1975, respectively. F...


Richard G. Brewer
July 22, 2012

In Memoriam:  Richard G. Brewer, 1928-2012 Richard G. Brewer, an OSA Fellow known for his contributions to atomic physics, laser spectroscopy and quantum optics, passed away on 22 July, 2012, following a long illness. He was 83. Brewer earned a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1951 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in ...


Elias Snitzer
May 21, 2012

OSA Mourns the Loss of Elias Snitzer, Fiber Optics Pioneer, 1925-2012 Elias Snitzer, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his pioneering contributions to fiber optics technology, died 21 May 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was 87. Snitzer was a Professor Emeritus of Ceramic and Materials Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. Known as the &...


Douglas S. Goodman
May 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Douglas S. Goodman Douglas S. Goodman, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to optics education, died on 14 May 2012 in Memphis, TN, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65. Goodman received a Ph.D. in Optics in 1979 from the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, where his advisor was Roland Shack. He then joi...


Andrei Brunfeld
May 09, 2012

In Memoriam: Andrei Brunfeld Andrei Brunfeld, 62, Senior Scientist and Manager of the Optical Division of Xyratex Ltd., passed away on 9 May 2012, following an illness. He was a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, an extraordinarily creative and active person, and a very warm outgoing human being. Dr. Brunfeld started out as a scientist at the Central Institute of Physics i...


Guoguang Mu
April 12, 2012

OSA Mourns the loss of Guoguang Mu, 1931-2012 Guoguang Mu, an OSA Fellow who was one of the early pioneers of optics, applied optics, and optical instrumentation in China, died on 12 April 2012 in Tianjin, China. He was 81. Professor Mu was the founder and Director of Nankai University’s Institute of Modern Optics (IMO), the first higher education inst...


Terrill A. Cool
March 05, 2012

In Memoriam: Terrill A. Cool, 1936-2012 Terrill A. Cool, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who was a professor emeritus of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University, died 5 March 2012 in Ithaca, NY, USA, after a short illness. He was 75. Cool's research interests included the application of laser spectroscopy to problems in chemical physics, which ranged from st...