Floyd Herbert
Floyd Herbert passed away May 12, 2010. He was born and raised in California. He graduated from Cal-Tech and moved to Tucson to attend graduate school. Floyd went to work at Kitt Peak and then the Lunar and Planetary Lab where he did research on early planetary heating and the magnetospheres of the outer planets. Floyd leaves wife, Maggie; brother, Mike; nephew, Brian and many wonderful friends. His long battle with lung disease is over.

Published by Arizona Daily Star from May 14 to May 17, 2010.
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I was saddened to have just learned of Floyd's death...I marched in band with Floyd in 7th & 8th grade and and after all these years wondered what he was doing and where he was. He was so smart and so much fun to be around. I am pleased to learn he kept his sense of humor. He was a very memorable person. Maggie, my sympathies go out to you.
Beverley Brown
September 23, 2010
I've not seen or talked to Maggie in decades but I feel comforted to know that she had the love of a man who many people admired. I wrote this poem a few years back when my brother was diagnosed with colon cancer. I hope it conveys my empathy and condolences.

I wipe her fevered brow.
I'm not sick says she.
I know,
But I'll bring tea.

I find her pulse,
So steady now,
belies the tempest
in her chest.
Here, I've brought tea.

I light candles
on the chiffarobe,
looking at the long night
and pour the tea.

We've come this far
and so many years.
Why not one more night?
Now forgotten, the tea.
charles dietzel
August 13, 2010
I only met Floyd a few times through his wife, my friend, Maggie. We drifted apart recently and I will always regret the lost opportunity to know Floyd better. I cherish my memories of the love and happiness shared by Floyd and Maggie. Maggie - my thoughts are with you always.
Sara Ebel
July 19, 2010
I knew Floyd only slightly, in the 60's and 70's, and remember him as a kind, dedicated, and diligent person. I am grateful that he lived.
Paul MacNeil
May 25, 2010
We met Floyd through our long time Ca. friend, Maggie. Her move to Az.made us very sad, but we were very touched by the love that she found there. First impressions of Floyd with his blue jeans,suspenders and flannel shirts brought to mind a very down to earth person,which he was but his mind was on the celestial wave length.We thought it cosmic that the day after Floyd passed there was a large upheaval in the gaseous clouds covering Jupiter..perhaps Floyds loving and funny spirit.
Mary and Rick
May 21, 2010
We only got to spend time with him once, but we have laughed and talked about that meeting many times since. May he rest in peace, and may his wife find comfort in happy memories.
Bob & Karen Campbell
May 20, 2010
I got to know Floyd when we moved to the LPL Sonett Bldg. He often helped me with scientific data. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Selina Johnson
May 20, 2010
Floyd was the most modest, kindest, and smartest colleague - a truly rare combination.
Mihaly Horanyi
May 20, 2010

Mattie and I will always remember the great time we had on our Japan trip. Both you and Floyd were such wonderful people.

Georgianna Mitchell
May 19, 2010
My sincere condolences to his wife, Maggie, and his extended family members. From the time I first met, trained, and learned from Floyd as a teenager down to today--almost 45 years--he has always been an inspiration to me. In fact just last week I was talking about him and how strong he was to encourage a beginner who is also very strong but suffers from asthma. Images of Floyd's strength of mind and tremendous spirit are always with me and he has always been my respected senior. Floyd was a shining star. I will miss him, but his influence will live on.
John Teramoto
May 19, 2010
Floyd was a great friend but he always kept his skills sharp as a BS detector. I appreciated being on the sharp end of his wit. We trained in karate together since 1962 at Caltech, and shared many good times in the US and Japan. I'll always remember zooming down Melrose Ave in his Jag XK120 as he looked for a gas station to control his steaming radiator. He was a strong role model for all of us. My sincere condolences to Maggie.
Jim Sagawa
Jim Sagawa
May 18, 2010
I met Floyd through Maggie who is my great friend. Oh how she bloomed once she found him. I found him to be delightful, so smart and with a great sense of humor. He will truly be missed.
Sue Sieggreen
May 17, 2010
I enjoyed all the visits to Tucson and Cedar City with Uncle Floyd, Aunt Maggie, and the rest of the Herbert family. I am glad to be a part of the family and to have met a man with such kindness and a wonderful sense of humor. Uncle Floyd, I love you very much, and you are greatly missed.
Michelle Herbert
May 16, 2010
I knew Floyd as a friend and colleague since I arrived at the lab in 1979. He was basically brilliant and gave me more than one important idea that helped me in my work. Lon Hood
Lon Hood
May 15, 2010
My thoughts are with Maggie and all Floyd's friends who will miss him so much. He was a wonderful friend to me when Chuck went to Africa, and continued to be a good friend all these years. I'll always remember him for his great photography, wanting to eat cold grapefruit in the morning on camping trips, and cooking yummy Japanese meals just to be nice. He even helped me build a spectrometer for my astronomy class hundreds of years ago! He was so patient and generous with his time. He was a kind and thoughtful person, and will really be missed.
Vera Uyehara
May 15, 2010
Here is a brief remembrance:
Chuck Wood
May 15, 2010
I knew Floyd since he came to Lab. He was a good friend and a very good scientist. I will truly miss him. Bob Strom
Bob Strom
May 15, 2010
S M Vail
May 15, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Maggie. We think fondly of some of Floyd's uniqueness in expressing simple ideas and telling stories.
Ashlie & Dave Warner
May 14, 2010
I remember when a new kid came mid-semester into my high school. He was assigned the empty seat behind me in Mr Keene's history class and we became great buddies. Floyd and I built telescopes, talked long hours about science and politics (that was before he lost his bearings and became a Republican), and later both majored in astronomy at different colleges. When he came to UofA for grad school we shared a small house and awful cooking. Later I moved away and he stayed put, finally finding Maggie, who made his life worth living. Floyd was my best man, and always my best friend.
Chuck Wood
May 14, 2010
He was a good friend, all the years at the Lunar Lab, Tom Gehrels
Tom Gehrels
May 14, 2010
Floyd was a good Tucson, and world, citizen. I loved running into him at lunch in Sonett, where we'd talk about the latest in the Economist and discuss the wonders of Io.
Jani Radebaugh
May 14, 2010
I have known Floyd since the 1970s and we worked together on the melting of the planets. He was a terrific colleague. He will be missed. Mike Drake (Tucson, AZ)
May 14, 2010
I knew Floyd only a short time but found him to be a delightful and wonderful character. I'm sorry for your loss. A life cut too short.
Linda Hickcox
May 14, 2010
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