First Associate Director of OSC Passes Away

    Date Posted: 
    Friday, September 27, 2013

    James A. Eyer, the first associate director of the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, died on Aug. 25 in Dundee, N.Y., at age 83.

    Jim Eyer was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1929. He received a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 and a doctorate in optics and physics from the University of Rochester in 1957. He arrived at OSC in its infancy, hired in 1967 by founding director Aden B. Meinel, and served as its associate director until his retirement in 1974. (Read the Applied Optics introduction to the Optical Sciences Center that he co-authored in 1971.) As a researcher, he worked in optical and photographic image evaluation and photographic physics; as an administrator, he managed contracts that helped support James J. Burke, B. Roy Frieden, Arvind S. Marathay, Ralph M. Richards and numerous others.

    Colleague Robert R. Shannon said of him, "Jim Eyer is a person whom it is a privilege to have known and worked with. He was an individual filled with enthusiasm and unusual approaches to many things. It is clear that he enjoyed life and interacting with those about him. In his professional life he provided many useful insights that were important and valuable in governmental as well as academic circles. Those who had the opportunity to interact with him will miss him."

    A memorial page is available online.