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Carl Wayne Vernon Ph.D.


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Carl Wayne Vernon Ph.D. Obituary
Carl "Wayne" Vernon passed away peacefully on February 22, 2015, at Sharp Memorial Hospital due to complications from Parkinson's. Wayne was born in Alamosa, Colorado, to Carl and Nina (nee Alexander) Vernon. Wayne was the eldest of four sons, Roger (d.1962), Ralph of Spanaway, Washington, and John of Tacoma, Washington. The family moved to Tacoma, Washington, following WW ll where Wayne attended Franklin Pierce High School.
At an early age, Wayne demonstrated an aptitude for science, winning science fairs for his work on radio receivers and he received Honorable Mention in the Westinghouse National Talent Search. He came to be known as "The Professor" by his fellow students. He was a member of a jazz band and his love of jazz remained with him his entire life.
Wayne graduated high school with highest honors and attended the University of Washington in 1958. Wayne married Charlotte Schmalle (d.1999) while a junior at the University. He attended Graduate School at Princeton University, earning a Doctorate in High Energy Particle Physics in 1965. In 1966 Wayne became an Associate Professor of Physics and a Full Professor of Physics in 1980 at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) where he is considered one of the founding faculty of the University. He enjoyed all aspects of experimental physics and working in the laboratory where he found it rewarding teaching any student who wanted to work with him. He retired from UCSD in 1994 as Professor Emeritus. After retiring from the University he worked as a consultant to several local area businesses. 
Wayne enjoyed attending local concerts, opera, the theatre and spending time with his brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Eileen (nee Godek) of San Diego; daughter, Jessica Vernon Datte of Concord, CA; son, Roger of San Ramon, CA; two grandchildren, Tyler and Nicole Datte; and brothers, Ralph and John.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 2, 2015
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