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Benjamin D. Day

Benjamin Downing Day

Of Indianapolis, Indiana, died Saturday, July 13, 2013 in New Bedford, Massachusetts at age 76. He was born in Nassawadox, Virginia and grew up in Newark, Delaware where he became interested in golf and became the runner-up Junior State Golf Champion. He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his A.B. at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, in 1958 where he played golf and basketball and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1963 he received his Ph.D. at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where his advisor was Nobel Prize winner Hans Bethe. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies.

After two years of postdoctoral research at University of California Los Angeles, he spent the majority of his career at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois where he was a Senior Physicist in the Department of Low Energy Theoretical Nuclear Physics. During his career he was an invited scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico; Neils Bohr Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Institute of the Italian Physical Society in Lake Como, Italy. Dr. Day also later worked with Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois. He eventually retired to Indianapolis.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. He enjoyed bridge, golf, and sailing and was a member of Woodstock Club and the Dramatic Club in Indianapolis. He was also a long-time summer resident of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts where he sailed and raced on Buzzards Bay. His parents were Cyrus Lawrence Day and Camilla Downing Day of Newark, Delaware. He is survived by his wife, Holliday (Holly) Day; two daughters, Liz Day of Indianapolis and Susan Day (Harris) of Blacksburg, Virginia; two grandchildren, Camilla and Gillous Harris; and his sister, Margaret Day Broussard of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday, July 24 at 4 p.m.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 19, 2013
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