Sobottka, Dr. Stanley E.
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Dr. Stanley E. Sobottka, age 83, of Temecula, CA, died on April 16, 2014 at the Murrieta Health and Rehabilitation Center in Murrieta, CA.
Stanley was born at home on December 20, 1930 to Henry and Frieda (Kaempf) Sobottka in Plum City, WI. The third of nine children, Stanley grew up on his family farm in Plum City. He graduated from Ellsworth High School, WI, in 1948. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician First Class from 1948-1952. He majored in Physics at University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated from that institution within 33 months in 1955. He attended Stanford University and obtained his Masters and PhD in Physics in 1960.
Upon graduation, he worked as a member of the technical staff, first at Boeing Scientific Research Labs, and then at Watkins-Johnson, before becoming a member of the Physics faculty at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he focused on high energy nuclear physics, x-ray crystallography, and in later years, the relationship between Consciousness and Physics. He retired from UVA as a Professor Emeritus of Physics in January 1996.
Stanley enjoyed hiking, travel, spending time with his family and friends, reading, and square dancing. He was an active seeker spiritually and, in 2011, moved to Temecula, CA to further his pursuits in this regard.
Stanley is survived by his family, including children: Daniel (Medora) Sobottka of Davis, CA; Elizabeth (Dr. Darrick E.) Antell of Greenwich, CT; and Laura (Gary) Schifris of Ra'anana, Israel. He has 8 grandchildren, one of whom currently is a student at the University of Virginia. He is also survived by his sisters, brothers, and many other relatives and friends.
Stanley is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Freida (Kempf) Sobottka and his brother, David A. Sobottka of Roberts, WI.
A Celebration of Stanley's life was held at a private home in the hills surrounding Temecula on April 24, 2014.
Another Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 25 at 5:00pm at The Haven, 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Virginia. Additionally, a Memorial Service and Luncheon will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm at Hill Funeral Home, 130 North Grant Street, in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. The burial will immediately follow at the Union Cemetery, Plum City, Wisconsin.
Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services
130 N Grant St Ellsworth, WI 54011
Published in GreenwichTime on June 29, 2014