Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Juan L. Rayces
December 06, 2009

OSA Mourns the Loss of Juan L. Rayces Juan L. Rayces, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to lens design, died December 6, 2009, in Tucson, AZ. He was 91. In a 2003 interview , Mr. Rayces said his lifelong fascination with optics began in high school when he borrowed his big brother's physics textbook and a lens from his mother's discarded spectacles in order to bu...


Indrek Martinson
November 14, 2009

In Memoriam:  Indrek Martinson, 1937-2009 Indrek Martinson, an OSA Fellow who was a world-renowned expert in accelerator-based atomic physics, died unexpectedly on November 14, 2009. He was 71. Martinson was an Emeritus Professor and Director of the Institute of Atomic Physics at the University of Lund, Sweden. He was also a former chair of the Physics Section of the Swedish Royal A...


Roy Henry Garstang
November 01, 2009

In Memoriam: Roy Henry Garstang, 1925–2009 Roy Henry Garstang, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work on light pollution, died on November 1, 2009, in Boulder, CO, USA. He was 84. Born in Southport, England, Garstang attended Cambridge University, receiving a BA in 1946. He served as a Scientific Officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, England, from 1945&ndas...


Diane Laurin
August 05, 2009

OSA Mourns Diane Laurin PITTSFIELD, Mass., Aug. 5, 2009 – Diane M. Laurin, group publisher for Laurin Publishing's slate of international trade magazines, has died unexpectedly, the company announced this week. She was 57. Diane's mother, Teddi C. Laurin, founded Optical Spectra, later Photonics Spectra magazine, in 1967, and Diane began her career with Laurin Publishing sh...


Robert Earl Hopkins
July 04, 2009

OSA Mourns the loss of Robert Earl Hopkins, Former OSA President Robert Earl Hopkins, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus, died on July 4, 2009 in Ithaca, New York. He was 94. Recognized as an expert in optical instrument design, aspheric optics, interferometry, lasers, and lens testing, Hopkins has been characterized as the “father of optical engineering.” Born in Be...


K. Vedam
July 04, 2009

In Memoriam:  Dr. K. Vedam, 1926-2009 Dr. K. Vedam, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who had a long and distinguished career at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Canada.  He was 83. Vedam was born in Vedaranyam, India, in January, 1926.  He received a classical education at Nation...


Steven K. Case
June 16, 2009

OSA Mourns the tragic loss of Steven K. Case Steven K. Case, the founder and chairman of CyberOptics Corp. and an OSA Fellow, died tragically on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, when the single-engine plane that he was piloting crashed while landing in rainy weather at a suburban Minneapolis, MN airport.  He was 60. Case was returning from a business trip to Georgia.  He was the sole oc...


Jacques E. Ludman
June 01, 2009

In memoriam: Jacques Ernest Ludman, 1934-2009 Jacques E. Ludman, an OSA Fellow known for his contributions to holography, died on June 1, 2009, in Hollis, NH. He was 74. Ludman received a BS from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1956 and a PhD from Northeastern University in 1973. He was a research scientist at US Air Force, Rome Air Development Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachuset...


Edward D. Palik
May 07, 2009

In Memoriam: Edward D. Palik, 1928-2009 Edward D. Palik, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who wrote and edited a set of reference books on optical constants, died on May 7, 2009 in Clinton, Maryland, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Palik received his B.S. (1950), M.S. (1952), and Ph.D. (1955) in Physics from Ohio State University. He specialized in far-infrared spectros...


Vladilen S. Letokhov
March 21, 2009

OSA MOURNS THE LOSS OF VLADILEN S. LETOKHOV Professor Vladilen S. Letokhov, an OSA Fellow and head of the Department of Laser Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Spectroscopy in Troitsk, Russia, died on March 21, 2009. He was 69 years old. Letokhov received his Ph.D. (1969) and Doctor of Science (1970) at the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow Region, USSR....