Jack Kraushaar

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Jack J. Kraushaar, University of Colorado Professor of Physics, was born to Lester A. Kraushaar and Helen Ousterhoudt Kraushaar in Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduating with a BS in Physics in 1944 from Layafette College, he began active duty in the Navy and served as a tactical radar officer on a supply ship in the Pacific Theater until 1946. After the war he completed graduate studies in physics at Syracuse University and carried out his doctoral dissertation research in nuclear physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. At Brookhaven he met Nancy Whiting Curtis, who was also on the staff. They married in 1951. He received a PhD from Syracuse University in 1952. In 1953, Jack, Nancy and their one-year old son Jeff moved to Menlo Park, California where Jack was appointed a junior faculty member in Physics at Stanford University. In 1956, he accepted an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he then co-chaired the Nuclear Physics Laboratory formation. The new laboratory was built to house a cyclotron and related laboratories for research in nuclear physics. In 1958, he was appointed Associate Professor of Physics and in 1962, full professor. In 1967, he took a year's sabbatical to do research at the Frei University in Amsterdam, Holland with a Dutch government grant and Fulbright Award. In 1978, he was awarded a Faculty Fellowship for a year which he spent in Vancouver, Canada at the meson facility, TRIUMF, at the University of British Columbia. In 1985 and 1986, he served as professor at Osaka University and a guest professor at the Netherlands Institute for High Energy Physics and TRIUMF. After 32 years on the faculty at CU, he retired in 1988. While at CU, he authored or coauthored over 153 research papers in the area of nuclear physics. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society. In 1971, he initiated a course concerned with society's energy problems. This course is still taught at CU and resulted in two books he coauthored. The second book, Energy and the Environment, is widely used in its 6th printing. After retirement, he remained involved in the many updates and reprints to the books. Nancy and Jack had three sons, Jeffrey Curtis, Steven Lester, and Matthew Jourdan. Jack is survived by Nancy, their sons, and four grandchildren, Andrew, Lisa, Sabina, and Ben Kraushaar. Over the years, Jack enjoyed many pursuits. When they first moved to Boulder, he was very involved in designing and building the house he and his family would live in for over 50 years. His personal life was full of frequent camping trips to the mountains with family and friends. Jack's favorite pastimes included hiking, birding, stamp collecting, and woodworking. After retirement, Jack and Nancy took many Elderhostel trips and traveled throughout the world. Jack was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and an active participant for over fifty years. A memorial service will be held for him on Saturday, August 17 at 10 am at the Friends Meeting house at 1825 Upland Avenue in Boulder. Rather than flowers, contributions can be sent to the American Friends Service Committee.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Aug. 4, 2013
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