We learned at the start of 2006 that Jim Crawford, who graduated from the department of physics with a Ph.D. in about 1972, has passed away.
After Jim graduated from KSU he went on to have a long and productive career in teaching and research in physics. In 1972 he joined Southwest Texas State University as an assistant professor of physics. About ten years later he became chairman of the Department of Physics. He was deeply involved with teaching and added coursework in materials physics. In 1997, the American Physical Society recognized the (now named) Texas State program for adding the materials science courses.
In his research Jim used optical diagnostics to study the properties of materials. Recently he spent several summers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington using optical techniques to understand how nuclear fusion might serve as an energy source.
Jim visited KSU about three years ago to give a colloquium. We were very happy to have had the opportunity to have him back here to catch up on what he has been doing and discuss physics with him. More information can be found on Jim in an article at: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/metro/obits/15tsuphysics.html.