John Hartley Brodie

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John Hartley Brodie, 36, a theoretical physicist, accidentally drowned on January 28, 2006 near Brattleboro, VT where he was residing. He was born in Worcester, MA and graduated from Atholton High School in Howard County. He went on to receive his B.S and M.S. degrees from Cornell University in physics. He then took a year off from his studies to travel around the world, mainly in the Far East, where he developed an interest in Eastern philosophies and religions. He returned to continue his studies at Princeton University where he received a Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics in 1998. He went on to do research on string theory, first at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator and then at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Brodie published research papers in peer-review journals on this subject. In 2004, he took a leave from his research to teach at the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica. While there, he traveled to Nicaragua to help Habitat for Humanity construct housing for poor inhabitants. Over the years, Dr. Brodie became an avid environmentalist, a strict vegetarian and an anti-war activist. His avocations included playing his guitar, camping, cycling and meditation. Survivors include his parents, Drs. Harry and Angela Brodie of Fulton, MD, his brother Mark and his wife Amy and their two children of the Los Angeles area. Funeral services will be held on February 11 at 2 p.m. at Friends Meeting House, 17715 Meetinghouse Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860, followed by a reception in the Community House.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2006
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