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Robert de Zafra, 1932-2017

Robert L. de Zafra, a physicist who helped confirm that the chemicals in some aerosols and refrigerants were responsible for the expanding ozone hole over Antarctica, died on Oct. 10 in Stony Brook, N.Y. He was 85.

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Homer Goldberg, 1924-2017

At age 93 in late August, Homer Beryl Goldberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, emeritus, died at his home in Minneapolis.  Homer was a stalwart and mainstay of the English Department from its early beginnings at Oyster Bay until his retirement in the mid-1990s.  A native Chicagoan, he received his B.A., M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Chicago, served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII, was a Fulbright Lecturer in Venice, and taught briefly at Haverford College and the University of Chicago before coming to the State University College on Long Island, as it then was.

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Bernard Lane, 1938-2017

Bernard P. Lane had a full, rich, productive life in teaching, medical research, public service, music and raising a family on Long Island.

Lane, known as “Bernie,” was a founding faculty member of the medical school at Stony Brook University, his family and associates say, as well as a professor of pathology there — who authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific research papers; was a former president of the faculty senate; head of a number of university, state and national medical organizations; an expert trumpet player; and a devoted family man.

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Robert F. Schneider, 1933-2017

Robert Schneider passed away on April 15, 2017.  Bob was a longtime faculty member in the Chemistry department, and staff member of the Office of the Vice President for Research. His student Raymond MacKay earned the first PhD granted at Stony Brook. Bob continued to teach general chemistry lab courses well after his retirement, and Joe Lauher has said that we could have charged Bob money to let him come to work, and he would have gladly paid up. His love for Stony Brook and for our department was unsurpassed. Bob will be greatly missed.

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Peter Paul, 1933-2017

Peter Paul passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Setauket on March 11, 2017 at the age of 84. Peter was born in Dresden, Germany. He received a PhD from the University of Freiburg and came to the USA for a postdoctoral position at Stanford University, where he met and married Aniko in 1963.

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Velio Marsocci, 1928-2016

Velio Arthur Marsocci, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stony Brook University, died on September 14, 2016. He was 88.  In 1965, Marsocci joined the State University of New York at Stony Brook as Associate Professor. From 1968—1994 he was Professor, and from 1994—2000 Distinguished Service Professor. In 2000, he became Emeritus Professor.

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Peter Kahn, 1935-2016

Professor Peter Kahn, one of the first members of the Stony Brook Physics Department, died unexpectedly on April 26, 2016 at the age of 81. He served as chair for 12 years. He came to Stony Brook in 1961 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics at Northwestern University in 1960 and doing a brief stint at the University of Iowa. He initially worked on random matrix theory and focused in later years on biophysics and nonlinear dynamics.

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Francis T. Bonner, 1921-2016

Francis Truesdale Bonner died early in the morning of Monday, February 15, 2016, at the age of 94. A physical chemist, he spent most of his career as a professor at SUNY Stony Brook, before its name was changed to Stony Brook University. He was the founding Chairman of Stony Brook's distinguished Department of Chemistry.

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John Gagnon, 1931-2016

John Henry Gagnon, the influential sociologist who went from writing the last volume of the famous Kinsey reports on sex to challenge the view that sexuality is basically biological, died of cancer on February 11 in Palm Springs, California. He was 84 years old.

Gagnon was Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he taught and researched from 1968 to 1998. After retirement he kept working and publishing and had an appointment at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology at the University of California San Francisco, in the laboratory of Robert Grant.

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