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Bernard Marie Karel Nefkens

July 27, 1934 - January 10, 2014 Bernard Marie Karel Nefkens was an Internationally Distinguished UCLA Physicist. Bernard ("Ben") Nefkens died peacefully at his home in Sherman Oaks on Jan 10th at the age of 79. Prof. Nefkens served on UCLA's faculty for 45 years, where he taught and made significant research contributions. Ben was born and raised in the Netherlands. He served on the research faculty at Purdue University and the University of Illinois before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1966. He taught both undergraduate and graduate physics; was involved in particle and nuclear research at numerous accelerators in the U.S., Canada, and Europe; and mentored many excellent graduate students. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his children: Julie, Karla and Chuck; their respective spouses: Jim, Toby and Jill; his grandchildren: Tyler, Kate, Millie and Julia; and his sisters, Anny and Jos. His other sibling, Riet Nefkens (Sister Joan), preceded him in death. His passions were his family, physics, swimming, music, and traveling the world, always with his wife Helen at his side. A memorial for Ben will be held at UCLA in March. Donations in his memory can be made to The UCLA Foundation. In the memo field indicate "Ben Nefkens Memorial Fund" and mail to Kerri Yoder, Director of Development; Div. of Physical Sciences; College of Letters and Science; 1309 Murphy Hall; Box 951413; Los Angeles, CA 90095. Further information is available at http://www.pa.ucla.edu/content/professor-bernard-nefkens.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 2, 2014
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