Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Giuliano Toraldo di Francia
April 26, 2011

OSA Mourns the Loss of Giuliano Toraldo di Francia, 1916-2011 Giuliano Toraldo di Francia, an OSA Fellow and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florence, Italy, died on 26 April 2011.  He was 94.  Toraldo di Francia’s death was announced by former city councilor and Minister Valdo Spini of Florence, in a statement that expressed deep sorrow and mourning for the lo...


John Lott Brown
January 16, 2011

In Memoriam: John Lott Brown, 1924-2011 John Lott Brown, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as The University of South Florida's third president and the one credited with setting it on a path to research prominence, died 16 January 2011 in Ohio. He was 86. A native of Philadelphia, Brown enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA, in 1942 through the U.S. Navy&...


Benedetto Daino
January 12, 2011

In Memoriam: Benedetto Daino Benedetto Daino, one of the principal scientists responsible for advancing optical communications in Italy and an OSA member since 1972, died on 12 January 2011 in Palermo, Italy, at the age of 75. Prof. Daino graduated from the University of Palermo in Electrical Engineering in 1960 and earned his PhD in 1971 (the Italian "Libera Docenza").  H...


Hiroshi Takuma
December 27, 2010

In Memoriam: Prof. Hiroshi Takuma, 1930-2010 Hiroshi Takuma, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who was an Emeritus Professor at Denki Tsushin Daigaku (The University of Electro-Communications) in Tokyo, Japan, died on 27 December 2010. He was 80. Professor Takuma received his Doctor of Science degree from the University of Tokyo. During his long and distinguished career, he was a professor of Physi...


Britton Chance
November 16, 2010

In memoriam:  Britton Chance, 1913-2010 Britton Chance, an OSA Fellow Emeritus whose work in biomedical optics helped develop spectroscopy as a noninvasive way to diagnose medical problems, died on 16 November 2010 in Philadelphia, PA.  He was 97. Chance was the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Emeritus Professor of Biophysics, Physical Chemistry and Radiologic Physics at the University...


Frederic E. Volz
November 02, 2010

In Memoriam: Frederic E. Volz, 1922-2010 Frederic E. Volz, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the field of atmospheric optics, died on 2 November 2010 at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was 88. Born in Germany, Volz came to the United States in 1958 for a post-doctoral research position at the Planetary and Applied Physics Department, Harvard University, and i...


Hendrik de Lang
October 07, 2010

In Memoriam: Hendrik de Lang, 1920-2010 Hendrik de Lang, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and a member of the Society since 1962, died on 7 October 2010, three days after suffering a mild heart attack, in a hospital in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He was 90 years old. Hendrik de Lang was born in 1920 in Groningen, The Netherlands, and studied physics at Groningen University. Before he received his ...


Richard D. Rallison
September 16, 2010

In Memoriam: Richard D. Rallison, 1945-2010 Richard Dennis Rallison, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to display holography, died on 16 September 2010 in a paragliding accident near his home in Cache Valley, Utah. He was 64. Rallison earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. An avid inventor and pioneer in the field of optics,...


Carl R. Ingling
September 11, 2010

In Memoriam:  Carl R. Ingling, 1936-2010 Carl R. Ingling, an OSA Fellow who was an internationally recognized color vision researcher, passed away on Saturday, 11 September 2010, after a prolonged illness.  He was 74. Ingling received his B.S. (Physics) from Duke University in 1958, worked at Eastman Kodak Co. for three years (1958-1961), and then entered graduate school at the...


Norman Jack Brown, Jr.
September 03, 2010

OSA Mourns the Loss of Norman Jack Brown, Jr. Norman J. Brown, Jr., an OSA Fellow who was a career scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California, USA, died of a stroke on 3 September 2010. He was 79. After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, Brown received a BA from the St. Joseph’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA, and a BS and ME from the Univ...