George W. Brandenburg, 69, of Salem, MA died following a brief illness on September 14, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. During this time he was surrounded by loving family and devoted friends. George was born in Hempstead, NY, the son of Walter H. Brandenburg and Judith Ebenhack Brandenburg, both deceased, and grew up in Denver, CO and Wilmette, IL. He earned his B.S. and PhD degrees in physics from Harvard University and then held appointments at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory in Palo Alto, CA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For 28 years he served as Director of the High Energy Physics Laboratory and Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Physics at Harvard where he particularly enjoyed teaching and mentoring young physicists. Just prior to his retirement in 2008, he worked on the Atlas experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. He was proud and excited to have contributed to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. In addition to his love of physics and teaching, George pursued many other interests, among them was singing in a number of different choral groups, piloting his own small airplane, skiing, traveling, and especially sailing. Since moving from Lexington to Salem, MA in 2006, George became interested in maritime history, celestial navigation and Nathaniel Bowditch. He shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with groups of all ages, volunteering for the National Park Service, including aboard the Friendship of Salem. He also led interpretive programs in the public schools, lectured at the Salem Athenaeum and was recently on the Board of Historic Salem, Inc. In addition George was a committed member of the First Church in Salem where he was Chair of the church Standing Committee and played a key role in overseeing recent renovation projects. George is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ellen Brandenburg; daughter Anna Brandenburg of Concord, NH; and by son Peter Brandenburg and his wife Krisztina Holly of Los Angeles. His brother, John Brandenburg, lives in Maple Grove, MN. George was blessed with a keen mind, a gentle spirit, and a generous heart. He had a family and many friends who loved him. We celebrate a life well-lived. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St. Salem, MA 01970. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to our spirits home: the Star Island Family Retreat and Conference Center, 30 Middle St. Portsmouth, NH 03801. For guestbook and additional information please visit www.levesquefunerals.com
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman on Sept. 25, 2013