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.
Dr. Quinn earned a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College. In 1964, he received a Ph.D. in physics (molecular spectroscopy) from the Catholic University of America, where he remained as a research faculty member until 1969. During that time he became active in OSA, just as the Society was experiencing rapid growth, due in large part to the invention of the laser. In 1969, OSA’s Executive Secretary, Mary Warga, was nearing retirement and needed assistance in administering the Society. As a result, Quinn was hired as OSA’s first executive director.
OSAHistory.org features the following Jarus Quinn highlights:
Biography: Jarus Quinn
Obituary: Jarus Quinn
Videos: A Tribute to Jarus Quinn - OSA's First Executive Director
Jarus Quinn interviewed by Paul Kelley
Panel Interview with Barbara Hicks, Larry Lotridge and Jarus Quinn
Panel Interview with Thomas Giallorenzi, Barbara Hicks, Larry Lotridge and Jarus Quinn
Dr. Quinn’s family has requested that memorial gifts
be sent to the OSA Foundation.