Raymond George Ammar 1932 - 2009 Lawrence
Funeral services for Raymond George Ammar, 76, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Private burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.
He died Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home.
He was born July 15, 1932, in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Elias George and Nellie Khaleel Ammar.
He was a professor of physics at Kansas University and later became the chairman for the department of physics and astronomy from 1989 to 2003.
He received an A.B. in physics in 1953 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics in 1959 from the University of Chicago. He authored many physics publications throughout his career. Mr. Ammar was a research associate in the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago from 1959 to 1960; a visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, working on the design and construction of a separated K-beam at the Bevatron from April to September 1960; assistant professor of physics, Northwestern University from 1960 to 1964; resident research associate in high energy physics division at Argonne National Laboratory, working on the first separated beam built at the ZGS; associate professor of physics, Northwestern University from 1964 to 1969; consultant to the high energy physics division at Argonne National Laboratory working on a project to build a 12-foot diameter hydrogen bubble chamber and associated beam transport equipment from 1965 to 1969; visiting scientist, Argonne National Laboratory from 1971 to 1972; visiting scientist, Fermilab the summers of 1976 to 1981; visiting scientist, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), with ARGUS Collaboration; visiting scientist, Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) with CLEO Collaboration; and an assistant professor of physics at Northwestern University.
Mr. Ammar was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association of University Professors.
He married Carroll I. Ikerd on June 17, 1961, in Paducah, Ky. She died Dec. 22, 2004.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert H., on Oct. 6, 1992; and a sister, Marie, on Aug. 13, 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Ammar, Torrance, Calif.; a son, David and wife, Karen, Denver; a brother, Michael, Kingston, Jamaica; two sisters, Diana Conway and Katherine Ammar, both of Kingston, Jamaica; and a grandson, Simon George Ammar.
The family suggests memorials to the Robert H. Ammar Graduate Teaching Award, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com, subject: Ammar.