Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Ivan Paul Kaminow
December 18, 2013

OSA Mourns the Loss of Ivan P. Kaminow, OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to lightwave technology Ivan Paul Kaminow, an OSA Fellow Emeritus whose contributions to lightwave technology revolutionized telecommunications, died on 18 December 2013. He was 83. Kaminow was born in New Jersey and attended Passaic High School.  He received degrees from Union College (B...


Adolf W. Lohmann
December 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  Adolf W. Lohmann, 1926-2013 Adolf W. Lohmann, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography, died on 15 December 2013.  He was 87. Lohmann was born in Germany in 1926 and attended the University of Hamburg, where he received a B.Sc. (1949), M.Sc. (1951), and a Ph.D. in physics (1953). While at ...


Charles M. Vest
December 12, 2013

In Memoriam: Charles M. Vest, 1941-2013 Charles Marstiller Vest, an OSA Fellow who served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), died on 12 December 2013 at his home in Arlington, VA. He was 72. Vest earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and master’s and Ph.D. de...


Marshall Lloyd Ginter
December 09, 2013

In Memoriam:  Marshall Lloyd Ginter, 1935-2013 Marshall Lloyd Ginter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions in the areas of electronic structure of atoms and high resolution spectroscopy, passed away at his home in Laurel, MD on 9 December 2013. He was 78. From 1966-2008, Ginter was a professor of Molecular Physics in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at t...


Fumio Okano
November 26, 2013

In Memoriam: Dr. Fumio Okano, 1952-2013 Dr. Fumio Okano, a well-known pioneer and innovator in 3D displays, passed away on 26 November 2013 in Kanagawa, Japan, at the age of 61. Dr. Okano received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1996, respectively. He joined the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo,...


William C. Martin
September 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  William C. Martin, OSA Fellow Emeritus, 1929-2013William Clyde Martin, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in the fields of atomic spectroscopy and atomic energy, died 15 September 2013 in Washington, DC. He was 83. Martin worked for more than 40 years as a scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he was an expert in the spectra ...


Mark J. Beran
August 05, 2013

In Memoriam: Mark Jay Beran, 1930 - 2013 Mark Jay Beran, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for almost 50 years, died on 5 August 2013, shortly before his 83rd birthday.  Beran earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He began his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of engin...


James P. Gordon
June 21, 2013

OSA Mourns the Loss of James P. Gordon, OSA Honorary Member, 1928–2013James P. Gordon, an OSA Honorary Member and Fellow Emeritus who was known for his contributions to quantum electronics and optical communication theory, including the first demonstration of the maser, passed away on 21 June 2013.  He was 85. Gordon was born in New York City in 1928. He attended the...


Cyrus D. Cantrell III
June 19, 2013

In Memoriam:  Cyrus D. Cantrell III, 1940-2013 Cyrus Duncan “Cy” Cantrell III, an OSA Fellow who helped establish, build and mentor the engineering and computer programs at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), died on 19 June 2013 due to complications from cancer. He was 72. A physics and electrical engineering professor at UTD for 33 years, Cantrell helped establ...


John R. Murray
June 02, 2013

In Memoriam: John R. Murray, 1943-2013 John R. Murray, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for more than thirty years, passed away on 2 June 2013.  He was 70. Murray received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965 and 1970.  As an undergraduate student, he became involved in scientific research in the early days o...