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BENGT E. BJARNGARD Obituary
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April 27, 2014
I am very happy that I got the opportunity to work with him at Upenn 96/97 together with James McDounagh, Ying Xiao, Peter Block (still remember the Peugot car I borrowed from Peter and the ThanksGiving dinner 1996) and Martin Altschuler and all the others at the department. This period got me into Monte Carlo simulations and Independent MU verification, thanks to Bengt, which I/we have explored further when I was back in Lund. In fact I also visited the JCRT in Boston in 1983 and studied the computer controlled dynamic machine developed by Bengts group. After that I went to ASTRO in New Orleans and met Rock Mackie when he had his first scientific presentation. The work in Boston was really ahead of time and what we today see coming from the big companies (EDW, VMAT etc) was initiated by Bengt and his group. I have also seen a very early paper where probably the first idea of DVH was proposed by Bengt.

On a more personal level I am still amazed that when he went home in the evening, his desk was empty except for a pencil and a note book! Still happy I was invited by him for the 6 months at Upenn.
March 30, 2014
I've just learned about the passing of Dr. Bjarngard. He was the most influential supervisor I've ever had. He taught by example the importance of managing ALL resources appropriately, especially human resources. The time I spent working with Dr. Bjarngard at the Joint Center for Radiation is something I continue to cherish. Holding the Bjarngard family close in my heart.
March 11, 2014
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Dr. Bjarngard's family. I learned a lot from him when he was a visiting professor at the University of Sto. Tomas Graduate School especially the importance of traceability and quality assurance that inspired me to initiate a national quality assurance program in radiotherapy in the Philippines. After successfully defending my thesis, he was the first person I notified by email because he's a such great part of my professional achievement. Thanks a lot Sir! God will be glad you made great things in life for the benefit of mankind.
February 22, 2014
I discovered just a week ago that Bengt was no longer with us. That is very sad news. He was a superb medical physicist and a real gentleman. I recall our work together as advisors to the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility during the design of experimental pion treatments of patients during the 1970s, and our skiing together at Taos. Bengt had a sense of professionalism and integrity that set a standard for all medical physicists. He will be missed by us all.
Bill Hendee
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