Daniel S. Koltun

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1933 - 2014
Koltun, Daniel S., 80, a longtime resident of Rochester, NY, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Quadrangle in Haverford, PA.

Dr. Koltun, a theoretical physicist, made important contributions to the fields of nuclear structure and reactions at intermediate and high energy, and of many-body systems. He published prolifically in the Scientific Journals "Physical Review" and "Physical Review Letters" for which he also served as Associate Editor for several years. He coauthored , with Judah M. Eisenberg, two Theory of Meson Interactions with Nuclei (1980) and Quantum Mechanics of Many Degrees of Freedom (1988).

He graduated from Harvard College and received his PhD at Princeton University. He was a professor of physics at the University of Rochester for 42 years, and was a visiting fellow/professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Niels Bohr Institute, MIT, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University. He was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and was a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Space Radiation Effects Laboratory, and was a Visiting Staff Member for 18 years and on the Program Advisory Committee of the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF).

Dan was devoted to his family, his students, and his community,
and was beloved by them. He is fondly remembered for his infectious curiosity, his wide-ranging and incisive intellect, and his gentle kindness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Charlotte. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith, two children: Naomi Koltun-Fromm (Ken Koltun-Fromm) and Joshua, four grandchildren: Ariel, Talia and Isaiah Koltun-Fromm and Mila Koltun, and two sisters: Victoria Kelman (Rabbi Stewart Kelman) and Elizabeth Koltun. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Quadrangle Residence Assistance Fund, 3300 Darby Road, Haverford, PA 19041.
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