Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Edmond M. Reeves
August 08, 2008

In memoriam: Edmond M. Reeves 1934-2008 Edmond M. Reeves, an OSA Fellow and retired chief scientist with NASA, died August 8, 2008 of cancer in Arlington, Virginia. He was 74. Reeves joined NASA in 1982. He served as chief of the astrophysics payloads branch on space shuttle efforts and as chief scientist for NASA's space station unit. From 1993 until his retirement in 1998, he was d...


Jean M. Bennett
July 18, 2008

OSA MOURNS THE LOSS OF JEAN M. BENNETT, OSA'S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT Jean M. Bennett, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus, died on July 18, 2008 in Ridgecrest, California after a long illness. She was 78. A highly decorated research physicist who was recognized for her contributions to the studies of optical surfaces, Bennett was OSA's first female president. Jean Bennett...


Robert F. Wagner
June 30, 2008

OSA Remembers Robert F. Wagner Robert F. Wagner, an OSA Fellow noted for his achievements in medical imaging, died on June 30, 2008. He was 70. Dr. Wagner was a distinguished research physicist and member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His career was dedicated to the development ...


William R. Bennett, Jr.
June 29, 2008

OSA Remembers Fellow Emeritus William R. Bennett, Jr. William R. Bennett, Jr., co-inventor of the first gas laser and an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died on June 29, 2008 of cancer of the esophagus at his home in Haverford, Pa. He was 78. In 1960, Bennett, Ali Javan and Donald Herriott built the first gas laser (the helium-neon laser) at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. Bennett also disc...


Warren J. Smith
June 19, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Warren J. Smith Warren J. Smith, Chief Scientist Emeritus at Rockwell Collins Kaiser Electro-Optics and a Fellow and past president of OSA, died on June 19, 2008. An OSA member for 65 years, Smith was renowned for his contributions to optical system design and lens design and for his accomplishments as a writer and educator. Smith was a graduate of the Institute o...


Donald DeJager
June 08, 2008

In Memoriam: Donald DeJager, 1927-2008 Donald DeJager, a classical lens designer who worked under Rudolph Kingslake at the Eastman Kodak Company, died on June 8, 2008. He was 80. DeJager received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1950 and a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1952. He began his career at Genera...


Rod Esdaile
May 31, 2008

RODERICK 'ROD' ESDAILE, February 25, 1939 - May 31, 2008 Dr. Rod Esdaile, an OSA member for over 30 years, died May 31, 2008 in North Carlton, Australia after a long struggle with cancer that had shadowed, but not taken over his life until his last months. He was 69. Dr. Esdaile gained an international reputation for his expertise in titanium and fibre optics. He also played a le...


Willis Lamb Jr.
May 15, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Nobel Laureate Willis Lamb Jr. Professor Emeritus Willis E. Lamb, Jr., a Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member, died May 15, 2008. He was 94 years old. Lamb received a Nobel Prize in 1955 for his experimental work on the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum and discovery of a phenomenon called the Lamb shift. His discovery revolutionized the quantum theory of m...


Yoginder Joshi
April 02, 2008

OSA Remembers Dr. Yoginder Joshi The optics community was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Yoginder Joshi, an OSA Fellow and Senior Research Professor of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Joshi passed away on April 2, 2008. He was 70. Dr. Joshi was born in the Punjab in India. After completing a master’s degree at Punjab University ...


Louis Drummeter
March 20, 2008

OSA Remembers Louis Drummeter Louis F. Drummeter Jr., a retired research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and an OSA member for over fifty years, died March 20, 2008 of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He was 86. Dr. Drummeter joined the Naval Research Lab in 1948 and helped design early satellites, among his other projects. His specialtie...