Prof. Paul R. Chagnon Ph.D.
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Prof. Paul R.

Chagnon, Ph.D.

Nov. 11, 1929 - Mar. 22, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Professor Paul R. Chagnon, Ph.D., 86, passed away peacefully in his home on March 22, 2016.

He was born November 11, 1929, to the late Ovid E. and Delmerise (Beaudet) Chagnon. He was also preceded in death by four siblings: Marguerite (Alfred) Donais, Charlotte P. Chagnon, Constance (Anthony) Ricci and Charles W. Chagnon. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Phyllis Chagnon of Concord, MA, and many loving nieces and nephews, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, and 9 grand nieces and nephews.

Paul was Professor Emeritus from the University of Notre Dame where he taught physics and conducted research in nuclear physics from 1963 to 1995. He authored numerous articles based on his research. He has advised many grad students, been a stalwart of the physics department and is honored annually as the Paul Chagnon Service Award is given.

He earned a B.S at the Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and completed his Doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. Paul held various teaching positions at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Boston University prior to finding his true home at UND. Paul was a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. In his retirement years, he volunteered with the AARP Tax-Aide program and Real Services, delivering Meals on Wheels. Prof. Chagnon was a long time parishioner of St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.

Paul was an amateur radio buff who loved to restore any radio and add to his large collection. He also enjoyed classical music and tending to his beautiful flower gardens.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus on Wednesday, March 30, at 3:30pm, with Rev. David Rupert, Pastor at St. Anthony's, officiating. Visitation will be prior to Mass on Wednesday from 2-3pm at McGann Hay Funerals -- Cremations -- Gatherings, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To send condolences to the family, please visit:

Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 27, 2016.
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