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Obituaries

Obituaries

Francis W. "Frank" Prosser Jr. 1927 - 2007

Memorial services for Francis W. "Frank" Prosser Jr., 79, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Plymouth Congregational Church. Inurnment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery.Mr. Prosser died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born June 30, 1927, in Wichita, the son of Francis W. Sr. and Harriet C. Osborne Prosser.He received a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics in 1950, a Master of Science in 1954 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1955, all from Kansas University. He lived in Lawrence most of his life.Mr. Prosser served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at KU. He was a research associate at the Rice Institute in Houston from 1955 to 1957. He began as an assistant professor at KU in 1957, became an associate professor in 1962 and then worked as a professor from 1967 until he retired.His honors include being a Summerfield Scholar from 1946 to 1950, and a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow from 1953 to 1955.Mr. Prosser was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physical Society, Kansas Academy of Science, New York Academy of Science, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.He married Nancy Baugh on May 31, 1952, in Wichita. She died Oct. 26, 2002.Survivors include a son, David and wife Lori, Gillette, N.J.; two daughters, Rebecca Prosser, Knoxville, Tenn., and Martha McCarter and husband Matt, Overland Park; a brother, John, Denver; and four grandchildren, Rachel, Colin, Daniel and Jason.The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Prosser.