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John Bardwick III
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John Bardwick III

Professor John Bardwick III passed away on February 1, 2005, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born March 10, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois. He was gentle of soul, accepting, creative of mind, always curious, and ready for adventure.

Professor Bardwick served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954, flying jet fighters in the Far East. He attended Purdue University where he earned a B.A. in mechanical engineering; the University of Michigan, where he obtained a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1964; and he became a professor in the University’s Department of Physics.

Professor Bardwick’s wide range of accomplishments mirrored his interests. Along with Professor Robert S. Tickle, he was an important contributor to the design and construction of the University’s 83-inch spiral-ridge particle accelerator. He was responsible for all of the mechanical engineering on the cyclotron. According to one of his colleagues, he also was a first-rate spectroscopist, where he contributed significantly to the knowledge of the structure of nuclei in the region of doubly-magic Pb208.

In addition, Professor Bardwick knew magnets of all kinds, could program computers, and knew more than the elements of electronics. He also had a flair for innovation. Professor Bardwick held patents for a pasta-making machine, a flywheel-driven car, and lightweight stages used by traveling rock acts. He continued flying throughout his life, instructing glider students and owning a hot air balloon.

He had a quiet and pleasant demeanor with a most agreeable personality and admirable directing abilities. He will be greatly missed by his physics colleagues and his family.

Submitted by the Department of Physics
(Portions as published in The Ann Arbor News)