In Memoriam: Shannon O'Leary and Adam Clausen

 

OLeary and ClausenFormer LU Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics, Shannon O’Leary and former Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Adam Clausen were killed in a car accident on 26 December 2016 while returning to Portland, Oregon from a family holiday gathering in Bend.  Their car was hit from behind  and sent into oncoming traffic.  Adam and Shannon’s son, Felix (4) survived the crash and has been adopted by Adam’s brother and his family.
The people in the Lawrence community who knew and loved Adam and Shannon since their arrivals in Appleton in 2007 and 2008 respectively continue to grieve this tragic loss and we know that they had a deep impact on the lives and careers of a number of former Lawrence students who might be readers of this newsletter. 
Shannon and Adam were married in Appleton in 2009.  They moved to Portland in 2010 where Shannon took up a tenure-track faculty position in the physics department at Lewis and Clark College. Adam taught physics and mathematics courses at a number of Portland area institutions before settling into a career with a firm that reviewed patent applications, reminding some of us of Einstein’s early-career employment.
Shannon developed a productive research program at Lewis and Clark in atomic physics and the couple had a tremendously positive influence on students and colleagues at Lewis and Clark as some of us heard at their memorial service in January. 
Here are some of the words from LU physics alumni that we received in the days and weeks following news of Shannon and Adam’s deaths:
Daniel Fulton (‘09): Adam and Shannon first came to Lawrence during my junior year in the physics department.  For five of the six quarters I had before graduation, I took classes with Adam.  He, by far, did the most damage to my GPA of any faculty member at Lawrence.  I enjoyed his dry humor in the classroom and the uncompromising way he set a high bar for his students, so despite not getting the best marks, each quarter I would register for his next course.  The faculty culture in the LU Physics department is what initially drew me to Lawrence.  When I visited as a high school student I was struck by the collegiality of the faculty towards students, and the overwhelming sense that they cared not just about teaching students to be good physicists, but how to be good people and live happy, successful lives.  That Adam and Shannon took so immediately to this generous culture, speaks volumes to their high character.
Eric Frater (‘11): Shannon and Adam fostered my love for applied optics and are responsible for the path I've taken for my career. They were incredibly kind, supportive, and firm teachers. I think they represented the best teaching practices that I have ever been subjected to.
Brad Bodee (‘11): Clausen and O'Leary helped me a lot. Clausen's lectures were amazing. I remember sprinting out of the classroom to take down notes before I forgot all the details he taught me. His advanced mechanics course was fun entertaining and helpful. His class got me through my advanced mechanics graduate course.
Two better colleagues and friends, we don’t expect to see in this world.

–M. R. Stoneking

Graduates of the Lawrence Physics Program

2017 Physics Majors

2017

Ashmore, Rylo (m)

Jarjour, Sami

Kiehl, Christopher

Lex, Alicia (m)

Liberko, Joseph

Marshall, Albert

Poole, Cody

Ranumas, J.P. (Jatuporn)

Ristow, Clayton

Roedl, Erika

Roque, Benjamin

Shahbazi, Alexander

Yu, Peiying

Physics Seniors 2016

2016

Clark, Benjamin

Cook, Owen

Edwards, Kirstin

Elizondro Rueda, Eduardo (m)

Grudichak, Scott

Hosmer-Quint, John

Lapp, William

Le, Phong (m)

Lindley, Rachel

Micinski, Emma

Sussman, Leo

Tse, Jeffrey (m)

Tse, Timothy (m)

Wang, Kangkang

Weikel, Stephen

Graduates of 20152015

Betzold, Amber

Coenen, Ashley

D'Souza, Sanfer

Doares, Andrew (Drew)

Kozloff, David

Liang, Tianchu (Alex)

Martinez Zambrano, Daniel

Rasmussen, Tanner

 

 

2014

Cullen, Joseph

Friend, Michael (m)

Gabriel, Hannah

Herman, Alyssa (m)

Hoang, The Gia (m)

Jakes, Will

Lohrmann, Erich

Patterson, Alex

Sinai-Yunker, Cooper

Van de Graaff, Michael

Wennerstrom, Michael

 

2013

Black, Gus (m)

Dempsey, Jack (m)

Mayer, Karl

Price, Micah

Thayer, Travis

Williamson, Ellie

Wright, Aaron

2012

Darrell, James

Exarhos, Stephen

Klocke, Melissa

Miller, Joia

Qiu, Fangzhou (Frederick)

Readinger, Adam

Strehlow, Henry

Van Hoozen, Brian

Zhang, Zhe

2011

Corsbie, Chris (m)

Bodee, Brad

Bodnar, Carol

Choudhury, Faraz

Frater, Eric

Glenn, Lawrence

Gray, Kelsey

Knoedler, Andrew

Lerch, Amelia

Stephenson, Alyssa

2010

Meichle, David

Niederriter, Rob

O'Halloran, Joe

Treiman, Michael

Ziege, Julia

2009

Anderson, Matt

Fulton, Daniel

Harbage, David

Huck, Peter

Malyshev, Gennady

Marheine, Sarah

Peck, Emily

Phillippi, Andrew

Robert, Domi

Rude, Sara

Smoniewski, Jason

Solberg, Jeffery

Toussaint, Ted

Van Camp, Mackie

Zehfus, Corey

2008

Bajracharya, Anmol

Curry, Sarah

Dowd, Will

Garbacik, Erik

Geisthardt, Russell

Gerrity, Randy

Halverson, Max

Hector, Julian

Kane, Andrew

Maas, Robert

Megow, Erik

Pierquet, Michael

Rubin, Jacob

Sit, Stefany

VanArsdale, Michael

Weber, Karl

2007

Exarhos, Annemarie

Ha, Bao

Hawley, Chris

Lasowski, Matt

Rice, Brandon

Schneck, Maureen

Schwert, Brent

Weiss, Claire

2006

Borej, Bart

Burton, Amanda

Casner, Dan

Dolan, Kyle

Douglas, Nat

Goil, Aditya

Griffith, Jon

McNeil, Henry

Rodenbeck, Joe

Ryan, Duncan

Silwal, Rupesh

Stackpole, Matt

Teodoro-Dier, Adriana

Tipping, Bradley

2005

Bhinge, Rahul

Brown, Edward

Dogaru, Alex

Evans, April

Hahn, Steven

Kost, Lauren

Kunwar, Samridha

Mauro, Nick

Schonfeld, Paul

Warmington, Leighton

2004

Dietrich, Matt

Gooden, Dmitri

Kaminski, Scott

Kruesi, Liz

Levin-Koopman, Jason

Mills, Dwight

Milne, Michelle

Schendel, Megan

2003

Curtis, Val

Growdon, Mark

Heitman, Kristen

Kohlmann, Steve

Krupka, Nick

Peterson, Ace

Phelps, Chris

Robinson, Kim

Sonderegger, Evan

Wells, Joe

Witt, Suzanne

2002

Dralus, Danica

Jung, Ryan

Marksteiner, Quinn

Phillips, Wellington

Thuecks, Derek

Tice, Dane

Sampson, Robin

2001

Bluett, Jaques

Cross, Josh

Gauthier, Rudy

Johnson, Leif

Kopp, Angela

Pelzer, Adam

Regal, Cindy

Schmitt, Stuart

Theiss, Adam

Vande Hey, Josh

Warrick, Jay

Yakes, Michael

2000

Dunleavy, Teresa

Kondratko, Paul

Reeves, Jessica

1999

Beck, Tim

Brubaker, Erik

Fernandez, Luz

Holst, William

Moore, Eric

Nongkynrih, Neville

Sezer, Ben

Steffen, Leta

Tamamoto, Brent

Taylor, Kurt

Trigg, Scott

Walby, Chad

1998

Donnelly, Michael

Dostal, David

Lewandowski, Amie

Nishimura, Michael

Nornberg, Mark

Shaw, Scot

Truitt, Jim

1997

Bassett, Alfred

Delaney, Scott

Feist, Jeffrey

Fiora, Renate

Harrington, David

Kimball, Paul

Miller, Tim

Murschel, Scott

Schmidt, Chris

Smith, Wade

Stenner, Michael

Syed, Sheyum

Thompson, Todd

Thorne, Adam

Tong, Anthony

Tourdot, William

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