Maurice Webb
1926 - 2021
May 14, 1926
January 15, 2021

Webb, Maurice Barnett "Barney"

MIDDLETON - Dr. Barney Webb passed peacefully at the Brookdale Century Avenue assisted living facility in Middleton, Wis., on Jan. 15, 2021. Dr. Webb was a world-renown Emeritus Professor of Physics on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his alma mater (B.S. 1950, Ph.D. 1956), up until his retirement in 2001. Barney and his wife, Fran, raised their family in Madison, in a house on Baker Avenue, where Barney remained living happily and independently until he was 93 - independently but not alone, having a humane-society-rescued Lab-mix at his side most of the time.

Barney loved tent-camping and hiking with his family, woodworking, racing M-20 sailboats on Lake Mendota, golfing, his office, his lab in the basement of Sterling Hall, his graduate students, physics department colleagues, the Badgers, loudly sharing his political opinions with the TV screen, and keeping track of his grandkids as they grew up. Dr. Webb's professional career produced significant scientific achievements and advancements, as recognized by his being awarded the prestigious Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics in 1987. But Barney measured his own professional success by the great number of amazing people he had the opportunity to work with over the course of his career. Every year, Barney and Fran hosted his many lab mates and their families for a Christmas tree-trimming party, which brought friends and ornaments from all over the world in to the Webb house, as well as someone tall enough to help decorate the top of the tree. He will be very much missed by his family and scores of those whose lives were so positively impacted by the time they spent with Barney Webb.

Barney is survived by his three children and six grandchildren.

Memorial plans to be determined.

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Dr. Webb taught me Physics at the UW-Madison many years ago. His energy and enthusiasm for the material was infectious and I really enjoyed my 3 hours a week with him! I hope that his children and grandchildren inherited some of those qualities, I think he would be proud.
Brad Ricker
January 28, 2021
His memory is a treasure. I was blessed to have him as friend. My sincere sympathies to the entire family.
Deb Nelson
January 24, 2021