Physics Community Mourns Death of Berkeley Physicist Stuart Freedman

Posted Nov. 11, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

With deep sadness, I have to inform you that Stuart Freedman passed away suddenly on Friday, [Nov. 9]. He had been attending a workshop on the neutron lifetime in Santa Fe.  

Stuart was a truly gifted scientist, with extraordinarily diverse interests, and still very much at the height of his powers. I find it hard to believe that he is gone, but it is somehow fitting that he spent his last few days with close friends, actively engaged in discussing new ways to make a fundamental measurement requiring deep insight and ingenuity. We have lost a great physicist, but I can't imagine that he would have wanted to leave us in any other way.

At this time, our thoughts are with Stuart's wife Joyce, his son Paul, and all his immediate family, who have lost a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather.

I will let you know as soon as any other information becomes available.  Please pass this sad news on to those at your institutions and others who knew Stuart.

James Symons
Nuclear Science Division, Director
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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