Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
51 Worthen Road
Lexington, MA
GOLOVCHENKO, Jene A. Of Lexington, November 13, 2018. Husband of Elizabeth M. Golovchenko (Catricala). Father of Peter A. Golovchenko and his wife Ann of Boxford, Eric J. Golovchenko and his wife Heather Carnevale of Middleton, and Katya G. Star and her husband Adam of Seattle, WA. Brother of the late Beth Gettleman. Jene is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Natasha, Rebecca, Alex, Athena, and Vivienne. A distinguished physicist, he held both the Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics chairs at Harvard University. His career spanned Harvard, Aarhus University in Denmark, Bell Labs, Brookhaven Labs, and CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also a member of the Rowland Institute for Science in Cambridge. Calling hours will be held Sunday November 18 at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., LEXINGTON, from 3pm to 5pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private interment Westview Cemetery, Lexington.

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Published by Boston Globe from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2018.
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Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
51 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA
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My deepest condolences, may the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart. Please find comfort in the encouraging words of John 6:40 it gives us the hope of seeing our loved ones again.
November 27, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.
November 21, 2018
Our son was one of Jene's former graduate students. We offer our condolences to his family with profound gratitude for Jene's investment in the scholarship, work ethic, and personal development of each of his students. We will never forget him.
Mary Kay and Don Fleming
November 18, 2018
a loved one
November 17, 2018
Jene loved working on hard problems, and thinking about exotic things. More than once, when someone would put forward an outlandish solution, I heard Jene say, "That idea's so crazy, it just might work!" And some of them did work, especially after long hours spent refining the scheme. Jene loved teaching. For the last 10 years, he'd conduct a freshman seminar lab once a semester. These were really science labs, where a team of 1st-semester freshman would work to solve a problem. He preferred getting the freshman when they were brand new students, before they became spoiled.
Winfield Hill
November 16, 2018
a loved one
November 16, 2018
Jene was one of the most original thinkers I have ever met. His interests were very broad, as was reflected in the wide range of experimental projects he engaged in during his lifetime, but also in also in his intellectual inquiries into the fundamental concepts of modern physics, such as quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. His Freshman seminar was much admired for the way Jene was able to engage beginning students, to give them hands-on experimental experience, and to get them to think like a physicist. His departure represents a very great loss for Harvard and for our department. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Bert Halperin
November 15, 2018
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