Kenneth W. McFarlane, 75, a long-time member of the Jefferson Lab community and most recently a physics professor at Hampton University, passed away on March 15, 2012.
He had a long and distinguished career in particle physics research and teaching. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and graduated from Glasgow University then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham in England. He immigrated to the United States in 1963 with his wife Margaret and lived in the Philadelphia area where he was a post-doctoral research associate and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and later held a similar position at Princeton University. During this period his son Alastair and daughter Linda were born.
For many years he was a professor of physics at Temple University teaching and conducting research. He joined the staff of the Super Collider in Texas, where he moved with his then wife, Christine. When the project was cancelled he took a joint appointment at Jefferson Lab and Norfolk State University. During this period, he had two sons, Ian and Eric.
His next appointment at Hampton University included mentoring post graduate students in particle physics research and the design of experimental equipment for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. He enjoyed sailing, camping and travelling.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home Riverside Chapel, 7415 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607. The family will receive friends there from 3 to 4 p.m.
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Submitted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 2:00pm