Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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 accommodat...

John R. Whinnery

February 01, 2009

In memoriam: John R. Whinnery, 1916-2009 Peg Skorpinski photoJohn 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 from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1937 and 1948...

George J. Zissis

January 08, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE J. ZISSIS, 1922-2009George 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 meteorology...

Richard E. Grojean

December 19, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD E. GROJEAN, 1923-2008Richard 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., area for several...

Robert Hilbert

December 11, 2008

In Memoriam: Robert Hilbert, 1941-2008Robert 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 business, from shap...

James L. Fergason

December 09, 2008

OSA mourns the loss of James L. Fergason, pioneer in liquid crystal displaysPhoto by Chris ConroyJames 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 joined the Westinghouse Research Laboratories ...

Robert Fredric Rowntree

October 17, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT FREDRIC ROWNTREE, 1930-2008Robert 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 Priscella Davids...

Ralph R. Jacobs

August 29, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Ralph R. JacobsDr. Ralph R. Jacobs, an OSA Fellow who had a long career as a laser scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California, USA, died in his sleep at home on August 29, 2008. He was 65.Jacobs died just one week after his retirement from LLNL on August 21, 2008, and two days after his engagement to Esther Ailor.Jacobs received hi...

Leno S. Pedrotti

August 19, 2008

OSA Mourns Leno S. PedrottiLeno S. Pedrotti, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and an OSA member for nearly 40 years, died on August 19, 2008 after a battle with cancer. He was 81.Pedrotti was an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Emeritus Chief Scientist and Emeritus Senior Vice President at the Center for Occupational Research & Development (CORD) in Waco, Tex...

Edmond M. Reeves

August 08, 2008

In memoriam: Edmond M. Reeves 1934-2008Edmond 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 deputy dir...