SAMUEL JOHN BRIENT Was born on March 24, 1930 in Phoenix, AZ. John grew up in El Paso, Texas. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, and was hired to help start a master's program in physics at The University of Texas at El Paso (then Texas Western College). His research was in solid state physics and thin film. John taught for 35 years until retiring to Santa Fe, NM where he and his wife, Mary Beth, lived for 14 years. They recently moved to Bogart, GA near family. John had a passion for physics, teaching, and for helping where he saw he was able; for singing, mountain climbing in the Organ Mountains, and hiking wherever beauty called, from the mountains to the desert; and for traveling with his wife, Mary Beth, exploring and delighting in the world together. John sang in the Santa Fe Men's Camerata, the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, and the choirs at United Church of Christ and Westminster Presbyterian. He died of a heart attack while traveling in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia with Mary Beth. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Beth of Bogart, GA; his son, Sean of Berkeley, CA; his daughter Elizabeth and husband Brad Bassler, and granddaughter, Zoe, of Athens, GA. There will be a private memorial at a later date.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900