In memory of
Donald Irwin Meyer
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In memory of
Donald Irwin Meyer
MEYER, DONALD IRWIN Donald Irwin Meyer, 86, died peacefully on April 13, 2012 in hospice at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital following a stroke. A private family service was held on April 15th. Donald had been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1956. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 13, 1926, son of Irwin Julius Meyer and Louise (Ruga) Meyer. While working on his BS degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, he was drafted into the Army in 1945. He served during World War II at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and received his BS degree in 1946. He then completed a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Washington in 1953. In 1957, after briefly working at the University of Oklahoma and Brookhaven National Laboratory, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Michigan where he was on the faculty until he retired as a full Professor in 1997. During his tenure at the University of Michigan, he worked on experiments at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), Argonne National Laboratories (Argonne, Illinois), Fermilab (Batavia, Illinois), and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (Stanford, California), in addition to publishing over 100 papers. He oversaw a $60 Million project to renovate and construct new facilities for the Physics Department in Randall Laboratory and West Hall. He also conceived and worked to establish the very successful Applied Physics PhD program. Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lee Meyer (formerly Mary Lee Rogers), whom he married on September 8, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also survived by his children Kurt Meyer, a resident of Ann Arbor; Karla (Meyer) Oshanski, a resident of Northville, Michigan; Kraig Meyer, a resident of San Francisco, California; grandchildren Nicole (Oshanski) Massey, a resident of Allen Park, Michigan; Ashley Meyer, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts; Kari Oshanski, a resident of Columbus, Ohio. He is predeceased by several years by his sister, Virginia Henderson, who was a resident of Fairfax Station, Virginia. His passions included skiing, gardening, woodworking and his grandchildren. He served as an officer in the Ann Arbor chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and on the board of the Ann Arbor Orchid society. Donations may be sent in memory of Donald Meyer to either the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or to the University of Michigan Physics Department Strategic Fund, 3003 S. State St, Suite 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
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In memory of
Donald Irwin Meyer
MEYER, DONALD IRWIN Donald Irwin Meyer, 86, died peacefully on April 13, 2012 in hospice at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital following a stroke. A private family service was held on April 15th. Donald had been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1956. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 13, 1926, son of Irwin Julius Meyer and Louise (Ruga) Meyer. While working on his BS degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, he was drafted into the Army in 1945. He served during World War II at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and received his BS degree in 1946. He then completed a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Washington in 1953. In 1957, after briefly working at the University of Oklahoma and Brookhaven National Laboratory, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Michigan where he was on the faculty until he retired as a full Professor in 1997. During his tenure at the University of Michigan, he worked on experiments at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), Argonne National Laboratories (Argonne, Illinois), Fermilab (Batavia, Illinois), and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (Stanford, California), in addition to publishing over 100 papers. He oversaw a $60 Million project to renovate and construct new facilities for the Physics Department in Randall Laboratory and West Hall. He also conceived and worked to establish the very successful Applied Physics PhD program. Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lee Meyer (formerly Mary Lee Rogers), whom he married on September 8, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also survived by his children Kurt Meyer, a resident of Ann Arbor; Karla (Meyer) Oshanski, a resident of Northville, Michigan; Kraig Meyer, a resident of San Francisco, California; grandchildren Nicole (Oshanski) Massey, a resident of Allen Park, Michigan; Ashley Meyer, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts; Kari Oshanski, a resident of Columbus, Ohio. He is predeceased by several years by his sister, Virginia Henderson, who was a resident of Fairfax Station, Virginia. His passions included skiing, gardening, woodworking and his grandchildren. He served as an officer in the Ann Arbor chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and on the board of the Ann Arbor Orchid society. Donations may be sent in memory of Donald Meyer to either the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or to the University of Michigan Physics Department Strategic Fund, 3003 S. State St, Suite 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
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