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JAY S. FEIN, Ph.D. (Age 79)  
Of Alexandria, VA died November 7, 2016 at INOVA Alexandria Hospital of sepsis caused by necrotizing fasciitis. He was born on July 6, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Barney and Lee Fein. Dr. Fein was a program director in the atmospheric sciences area at the National Science Foundation for over 30 years. He played a key leadership role in garnering national and international support for several complex and ultimately very successful satellite observing technology development projects. He brought diplomatic skill and scientific insight to organizing support for a number of major international field experiments designed to understand the fundamental processes of the climate system. His encouragement and support were critical to the development of state-of-the-art community climate models.  Jay was the beloved husband of Sara Fein; loving and devoted father of Benjamin (Genevieve) Fein and Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Karberg.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Zabriskie Chapel, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Because Jay was interested in helping young scientists throughout his career, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Jay Fein Scholarship Fund may be sent to: American Meteorological Society, Attn: Jay Fein Scholarship Fund, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements by Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home www.everlywheatley.com   

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 13, 2016.
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July 24, 2017
Jay shaped modern climate science as much as anyone I can think of, though his insight, his courage in advancing new and risky ideas, and his amazing judgment so that those risks nearly always paid off. At the same time as he was one of the kindest and most humane people I ever worked with, he was also fearless, determined and tough in support of the advancement of science. I was one of the people Jay took a risk on, and as unlikely a candidate as could be, and I hope it paid off. I miss Jay's wisdom, courage and independence every time I interact with our funding agencies.
David Schimel
November 25, 2016
What a wonderful human being was Jay - kind and generous in every way. He spent a couple years at the Univ. of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and was highly respected by the faculty and students for his science and camaraderie.
Claude Duchon
November 23, 2016
I worked with Jay on a number of international field programs. In good times and bad, he was always the the bright light, the optimist, the enthusiast. I am glad I knew him.
Ron Smith
November 20, 2016
jay was a good friend who stuck his neck out for my social science research on more than one occasion. I will miss him and wish to send my condolences to his family. mickey glantz, boulder
November 18, 2016
I never had the chance to personally meet Jay Fein but when my funding fell through just before arriving at Penn State for graduate studies he answered the call from my adviser and funded my research for 3 years. I am eternally grateful for his kindness. Thank you. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Holly Hamilton
November 17, 2016
Jay was more than an unusually effective and thoughtful program manager. He was a really nice person and mentor as well. Truly interested in the science, it was always a pleasure to interact with him on business or otherwise. He was visionary too, and atmospheric and climate science owes him our appreciation. Thanks to his family for sharing him with us all - our thoughts are with you.
Jonathan Overpeck
November 17, 2016
I am so very deeply saddened to learn this news. I first came to know Dr. Fein when I was a lowly undergrad student at the University of Oklahoma. His mentorship and advice were absolutely pivotal to my choice to pursue a career in Atmospheric Sciences research.

In more recent years, as his colleague and fellow Program Director at NSF, Jay provided me with more sage advice and collegial support than I can readily express here. He was *truly* one of the finest human beings I have ever had the great fortune to know and work alongside. Jay made the Earth a better place for all its residents. My heartfelt condolences go to his family and close friends. Godspeed, Jay...
Bradley Smull
November 17, 2016
I would like to convey my deepest condolence to Jay's family members on his departure from this world. We all miss him, but his legacy will always be in our memory.
Yongkang Xue
November 17, 2016
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November 17, 2016
Jay had been my program manager at NSF for over 30 years, which spanned almost my entire academic career. He was thoughtful and always kind. I will miss him greatly.
KK Tung
University of Washington
Ka-Kit Tung
November 17, 2016
Jay was a wonderful supporter of paleoclimate studies...we will miss him!
Dorothy Peteet
November 17, 2016
Jay was a mensch in the way that he handled his work as a program director at NSF. I alway appreciated his leadership and interest in the research that he supported.
Thompson Webb
November 16, 2016
We will miss Jay so much and always remember him. Love from the Barretts
November 14, 2016
I will miss the power of Jay's kind, gentle, peaceful presence. His indelible smiley face is imprinted on our family's hearts. Love to the Fein's, neighbors and friends.
The Chadsey's
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