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DR. MATTISON KENT FERBER

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FERBER, DR. MATTISON KENT - 61, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, died June 29th, 2014. "Matt", son of Clyde and Betty Ferber; and loving husband and best friend of Verda Adkins-Ferber, passed away on June 29th at his home in Oak Ridge. Born June 4th, 1953, in Danville, Illinois, Matt graduated from Jamaica High School in 1971, and received his bachelor's, master's, and PhD from the University of Illinois, while spending his summers working for the Ferber family Fairmount ReadyMix plant. Matt was a distinguished researcher in material sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as, Ceramatec in Salt Lake City. He started the MTIC LLC and served as a consultant, professor, group leader, and mentor throughout his career. His honorary and technical societies include Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Keramos, the University of Illinois Bronze Tablet, the American Ceramic Society, ASME, and ASM; and received the Bronze Tablet from the University of Illinois and other awards through his work with ORNL. Matt enjoyed building and working with his hands and always had an affinity for problem solving. He had an effortless sense of humor and greatly enjoyed time spent on the lakes of East Tennessee or the Fairmount quarry. Matt is survived by his wife, Verda; and four children; sons, Aaron and Austin; step son, Hunter Adkins; and step daughter, Cassidy Adkins; by grandbaby, Lily Burr; and canine companions, Sophie, Tao, Roux, Harper; and feline friend, Kizzy Jane. He is also survived by his close friends and colleagues, HT Lin and Andy Wereszczak; and his former wife, Karla Mullins and her husband, Mike. Matt's sister, Beth Harper, passed away from cancer earlier this year, survived by her husband, Bill; and sons, Brad and Craig Corbin. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either Helping Paws Animal Network (HPAN) or the . A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30, Thursday, July 3rd, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.
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Weatherford Mortuary
158 S Jefferson Cir Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-2464
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on July 2, 2014
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