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first_imgRichard “Dick” Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics Emeritus at Harvard University, died on May 19 in Needham, Mass.Wilson will be remembered for his scientific work, student mentorship, principled humanitarian and environmental stands, and interdisciplinary connections across the globe. He was also a railway enthusiast, Morris dancer, concertina player, world traveler, and hiker.Born April 29, 1926, in Putney, England, he studied at London’s Colet Court and St. Paul’s schools, evacuating to Crowthorne by bicycle during World War II. Wilson earned his B.A. and D.Phil. at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a Guggenheim Fellow for postdoctoral work in the U.S. at Rochester University and then Stanford University with Wolfgang “Pief” Panofsky. While at Stanford Wilson met Andrée Désirée DuMond, marrying her after a brief courtship.In 1952, the couple moved to Oxford University for Wilson’s research lecturer position, and in 1955 to Cambridge, Mass., for a faculty position at Harvard.Wilson specialized in experimental particle physics, studying the nature of the smallest particles that constitute matter as they collide at very high velocities. He led the upgrade of Harvard’s proton cyclotron to 160 MeV in order to study nucleon-nucleon interactions. With Harvard and MIT colleagues, Wilson designed, constructed, and used the Cambridge Electron Accelerator 6 GeV synchrotron, which, from 1962 on, further probed nucleonic structure.Wilson was involved in constructing and using the new Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Ill., frequently “commuting” there from Harvard, to maintain close contact with students and research. At Fermilab, Wilson continued the study of nucleonic structure with high-energy muon beams. When Harvard’s cyclotron became obsolete for particle research, Wilson helped adapt it for the treatment of cancerous tumors. He also studied electron-positron interactions with the CLEO collaboration at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring. Finally, Wilson joined a research group using the intense polarized beam of the new Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in Virginia.Wilson went often to the USSR and Russia, believing that direct cultural and scientific contact was essential to prevent war. After the exile of dissident Soviet physicists, Wilson boycotted USSR conferences, and was an early and visible supporter of Andrei Sakharov. Wilson studied nuclear power safety and environmental carcinogens, such as asbestos. He visited Chernobyl after the nuclear accident, taking a PBS film crew with him. He studied arsenic in drinking water, and was especially proud of starting a program to provide safe, arsenic-free water from a village well in Bangladesh.Wilson authored 935 scholarly papers and eight books.Wilson and his wife lived in Newton for more than 50 years. Wilson is survived by his brother Geoffrey; his sisters-in-law Alison Wilson and Adèle Panofsky; his six children, A. Christopher (Rita McMahon), Michael (Lisa Greenleaf), Nicholas (Carol Anne Freeman), Elaine (Brad Farnsworth), André A. (Mary Frances Bond), and Peter (Julie Whitmore); and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife and his brothers Arthur and Laurence.A memorial service will be held at the Harvard Faculty Club at 20 Quincy St., Cambridge, on June 24 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wilson’s honor to American Friends Service Committee, Ingersoll Gender Center, or to the Newton Conservators Land Stewardship Fund. Condolences may be posted to the guestbook at www.lehmanreen.com. Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home, 617.782.1000, Brighton, Mass.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 15, 2004 News and Notes News and Notes Joseph P. George, Jr., of The Law Offices of Joseph P. George, Jr., in Miami was elected vice chair of the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation. Ed Kinberg of the Dispute Resolution & Education Center, LLC, in Melbourne was selected to serve as a mediator for the Florida Mediation Program administered by the Collins Center for Public Policy. Kat Silverglate, Henry Latimer, and Nelson Slosbergas of Miami completed the diploma program in offshore e-Commerce law presented by the International Business Law Services and The Royal Society of Fellows. Barry Nelson of Nelson & Levine, P.A., in North Miami Beach presented “Current Trends & Traps in Estate Planning – Estate Planning and Asset Protection Techniques to Consider and Traps to Avoid,” at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants 19th Annual Accounting Show in Ft. Lauderdale and at the United Way Endowment Professional Advisor Series Event in Miami. Marc John Randazza of Weston, Garrou & DeWitt in Altamonte Springs appeared on Fox News Live, debating the constitutional protection of online vote-pairing with a representative of freerepublic.com. Gerald I. Kornreich of Kornreich & Terraferma in Miami has been named co-chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit judicial nominating commission. Richard P. Cole of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., was elected president of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Howard D. Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Coral Gables presented a seminar for the Seattle Estate Planning Council titled “Asset Protection Strategies.” Betty Eichelbaum of Coconut Creek, and Kimberly Gilmour and Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale presented a one-day “Conflict Resolution” training seminar to high school students participating in The Young Diplomats. Blitman was also selected to serve as a mediator in the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Mediation Program. Daryl D. Parks of Parks & Crump, LLC, in Tallahassee was elected chair of the Minority Caucus for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for 2004-2005. Bruce Anderson of Roetzel & Andress was a featured panelist at the “Transfer of Development Rights Forum” for Florida real estate professionals. Charles H. Scruggs III of Tampa was presented with the 2004 Professionalism Award by the Family Law Inn of Tampa. Mike Yashko of Roetzel & Andress was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Ellen C. Freidin of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami has been selected as a recipient for the Florida Region of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2004 Jurisprudence Award. John Paul Parks of Ducar, Lorona & Parks, P.C., was a speaker at the 24th annual Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, held in San Diego. Parks presented a workshop on “Arizona 2004 Legislation Affecting Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships, and Guardianships.” Stephen Iglesias of the Office of the Attorney General in Tampa has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, spoke at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Tax Council meeting; his speech was entitled “The Anatomy of the New Federal Gift Tax Return, Including a Review of the Gift Tax Statute of Limitations, Gift Splitting Provisions and Proposed Regulations Regarding the Election out of the Automatic Allocation of Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemption.” Pratt and Jennifer Zakin also spoke at the Boca Raton Tax Institute meeting. Additionally, Pratt spoke at the meeting of the Federal Tax Division of The Florida Bar Tax Section in Tampa; his topic was Family Limited Partnerships and Section 2036. José Astigarraga of Astigarraga Davis in Miami has been appointed to serve as a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. Stanley Kiszkiel of Stanley Kiszkiel, P.A., served as a panel member at the fall national conference of the National Association of ADA Coordinators on the issue of reasonable accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act Jana McConnaughhay of McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver, P.A., in Tallahassee was appointed as legislative chair for the Florida State Guardianship Association. Mark Eiglarsh of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben Waxman & Eiglarsh, P.A., presented, “Rainmaking, The Course They Should Teach in Law School,” at St. Thomas University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law. Kevin E. Packman of Nelson & Levine, P.A., in North Miami Beach spoke at the Professional Advisory Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Packman’s topic was, “Florida’s Homestead Laws: Pitfalls and Traps for the Florida Practitioner.” V. James Dickson of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed chair of the Pinellas County School Readiness Coalition. Jeanette M. Flores of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected to serve as president of the Commercial Real Estate Women of Tampa Bay for 2005. Patrick C. Barthet of The Barthet Firm in Miami published “Isn’t That My Money! Dealing with Claims of Preferential Transfers” in the October issue of The Construction Executive, the monthly journal of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Andrew Needle of Needle, Gallagher & Ellenberg, P.A., in Miami participated as a member of the Medical Malpractice and Product Liability Roundtable at the Center for Ethics and Public Service of the University of Miami Law School. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando published an article about “Insurance Expert Witnesses” in Coverage magazine, in conjunction with the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Litigation Section. November 15, 2004 News & Noteslast_img read more