John Robert Rees
1930 - 2016
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John Robert Rees
Feb. 17,1930 - Jan. 17, 2016
Resident of Los Altos, California
John R. Rees of Los Altos died January 17, 2016, John was 85 years old. John was born in Peru, Indiana and graduated from Peru High School where he was valedictorian of his senior class. He attended Indiana University, graduating in 1957 with a PhD in particle physics. From 1957 to 1965 John was a resident fellow at Harvard University's Cambridge Electron Accelerator. In 1965 he joined the faculty of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from which he took a brief leave of two years of work at the U.S. Dept. of Energy in Washington D.C. John also served as the project manager of the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas from 1991 to 1994 and then returned to SLAC until his retirement.
John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marian, children John of San Jose, daughter Carol Wint (David) of Cornwall, England, grandchildren Haley Rees of Boston, MA, Linden Nazer (Ben) of Madrid, Spain and Hollian Wint of Abu Dhabi.
John had a life-long love of music and was a long time subscriber to the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 22, 2016.
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January 16, 2020
John had a great sense of humor. When we operated the first permanent magnet undulator at SPEAR, greatly increasing the brightness of synchrotron radiation at photon energies up to a few KeV, I told John that this limit was due to the electron energy at SPEAR (about 3-3.5 GeV), and that the higher electron energy (up to 16 GeV) available at PEP would extend this photon energy to 15-20 KeV, a very exciting energy for other studies such as proteins. John was leading the construction of PEP as an e+e- collider, hopefully leading to the discovery of new elementary particles. Since it was possible that there were no such new particles, John said that he was happy to learn from me that PEP would do something useful even in the absence of new particles.
Herman Winick
January 27, 2016
John and I attended Peru High School and Indiana University 1947 thru 1951. His companionship and wit kept me from abandoning my education goals and accomplishment, as such.
I have always been grateful for his insistence that I continue to my goals. This was John.
His contributions to science have been measured and elaborated by others and are noted around the world.
Goodbye dear John!
Kenneth Weinke
January 26, 2016
So sorry to hear of John's passing . Thinking of you & your family at this time of sorrow. A classmate of Peru High School, Class of 1947, Peru, Indiana Shirley (Chittum) Wells
January 24, 2016
John was a giant in the accelerator field. At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, he led teams that designed, built and commissioned a series of electron accelerators and storage rings; SPEAR, PEP, and SLC. These contributions have kept SLAC at the frontier of research in high energy physics and made it possible for SLAC to continue its development as a synchrotron radiation light source and X-ray laser.
Herman Winick
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