Prof. Hershel Hausman 1923-2015


Hersh-Hausman-001aProfessor Hausman was a beloved faculty member in the Department of Physics for many years.  In fact, one of his students, Norm Gearhart and his late wife, Carolyn Piper, endowed an office in the Physics Research Building in his honor. Following are his obituary and some memories former Chair, Les Blatt, provided us for use in preparing the Resolution in Memorial for the Board of Trustees.

Hershel  J. Hausman, Ph.D. passed away on August 5, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 91.  Hersh was born on August 19, 1923 to David and Sophie Hausman in Pittsburgh, PA.  In 1942 at 18, Hersh enlisted in the Army Air Corp. and as a 1st Lieutenant in the 8th Air Force Bomber Group based in England, successfully piloted his “Buffalo Gal” B-24 bomber on 22 missions over the European Continent.  On September 22, 1934, Hersh was honorable discharged from the service with numerous medals and citations.  Upon his return to Pittsburgh after the war, Hersh attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received his N.S. and Master’s degrees in Nuclear Physics, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  Hersh joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1952 and served as the supervisor of the Cyclotron Laboratory and later the Van de Graaff Laboratory until his retirement in

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B-24 “Buffalo Gal”

1989.  Hersh was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Institute of Physics, Sigma Pi Sigma, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Hersh was also a former member of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio.  He is survived by Korene, his loving wife of 71 years; three children, Herb, Sally (Eli), Will (Kate); sister, Evelyn Morris; sister-in-law, Rosalyn Stein; and four grandchildren, David, Alyse, Julianna and Mathew; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his younger brother Jack Hausman and older sister Reva Rolnick.  A Memorial service was held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel on Friday, August 14, followed by an Honor Military funeral at the South Florida Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth.  Contributions in Dr. Hausman’s honor may be sent to Hospice of Palm Beach County or the charity of your choice. Continue reading