Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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....


William H. Carter
March 20, 2009

In Memoriam: William H. Carter, 1938-2009 William Harold Carter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in coherence theory, died on March 20, 2009 in Bethesda, MD, USA. He was 70. Dr. Carter was a research physicist and electrical engineer who conducted independent basic research in optics, concentrating on the statistical properties of light. Carter received his BSEE (1961), MSEE ...


Jennifer Leah Horton
March 09, 2009

OSA remembers Jennifer Leah Horton, former OSA Finance Director Jennifer Leah Horton, OSA Director of Finance and Administration from 1988-1994, passed away on March 9, 2009 at her home in High Point, NC, USA. She was 59. When Mrs. Horton joined OSA in 1988, the Society owned a townhome at 1816 Jefferson Place, Washington, DC and was renting space at several nearby offices in order to a...


John R. Whinnery
February 01, 2009

In memoriam: John R. Whinnery, 1916-2009   Peg Skorpinski photo John Roy Whinnery, an OSA Fellow who was an innovator in the field of electromagnetism and communication electronics, died February 1, 2009, at his home in Walnut Creek, California. He was 92.   Whinnery received both his BS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering f...


George J. Zissis
January 08, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE J. ZISSIS, 1922-2009 George J. Zissis, an OSA Fellow who was a research physicist and pioneer in the field of remote sensing, died January 8, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 86. Born December 31, 1922 in Lebanon, Indiana, Zissis was the youngest of four children of John George and Georgia Antonakou Zissis. He interrupted his college work at Purdue to serve as a me...


Richard E. Grojean
December 19, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD E. GROJEAN, 1923-2008 Richard E. Grojean, a Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and an OSA Fellow, died on Friday, December 19, 2008 in Laconia, NH. He was 85. Grojean was born in Washington Heights, New York City, on March 1, 1923, the son of Eugene and Elizabeth (Killkenny) Grojean. He lived in the Boston/Brighton/Brookline, Mass., a...


Robert Hilbert
December 11, 2008

In Memoriam: Robert Hilbert, 1941-2008 Robert Hilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Optical Research Associates (ORA®) and an OSA member since 1960, died on December 11, 2008, in Pasadena, California, USA. He was 67. Hilbert, who had been ORA’s President and CEO since 2000, was a dynamic and respected leader who was actively involved in all aspects of ORA busi...


James L. Fergason
December 09, 2008

OSA mourns the loss of James L. Fergason, pioneer in liquid crystal displays Photo by Chris Conroy James L. Fergason, an OSA Fellow known as the father of the modern liquid crystal industry, died on December 9, 2008. He was 74. Fergason was born in Wakenda, Mo.and attended the University of Missouri. After graduating with a B.S. in physics in 1956, he joine...


Robert Fredric Rowntree
October 17, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT FREDRIC ROWNTREE, 1930-2008 Robert Fredric Rowntree, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and a member of the Society since 1956, died peacefully of old age at SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Fairfield, IA on Friday, October 17th, 2008 He was 78 years old. Rowntree was born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 8, 1930. He was the only child of Richardson Henry Rowntree and Marjorie Priscel...