Gus T. Zorn
Professor Emeritus and
Senior Research Scientist, Gus Zorn passed away on January 30, 2002
after a long struggle with Alzheimers and Parkinsons
Gus was born June 18,
1924. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Padua, Italy in
1954. He began working in our High Energy group in 1962. Before
that time, he spent one year as a visiting scientist at the Max
Plank Institute of Physics (1958) while serving as an associate
physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (1956-1962). He
was a recipient of the General Research Board Award for the year
1987-1988, an APS Fellow and a member of the New York Academy of
Sciences. Gus was a participant in the OPAL and JADE experiment
as well as a number of other important high energy physics experiments.
In 1992, after the death
of his wife in 1984, Bice http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~cwp/Phase2/Sechi-Zorn,_Bice@853449324.html
also a professor in our department, Gus established a Francis Scott
Key Scholarship Fund at the University of Maryland in her honor.
This fund benefits outstanding science students with an interest
with Former University of Maryland President, Dr. Kirwan
Indicative of his sincere
dedication to academic excellence in science at the University,
his last wish was to establish the Gus T. Zorn and Bice Sechi-Zorn
Professorship in Experimental Physics. Through this gift,
their lives work will continue enrich the quality of education
offered by the Maryland Physics Department.
After discussions with
some of his close colleagues we realized that we in the Physics
Department were, in essence, Gus and his wife's only family. Therefore,
it seems appropriate to hold a memorial service here at the University
of Maryland. Our current plan is to arrange a memorial in late April
for us to remember and honor both Gus and his wife, Bice Sechi-Zorn.
As we approach April, please feel free to send us your thoughts
on the Zorn's lives and contributions to the department, so that
we might incorporate them into our service. Information
can be sent to the Physics Chair's Office by email: email@example.com
or 1117 Physics Bldg.