[Hallb] Fwd: [EXTERNAL] Rob Fersch - Sad News

Stepan Stepanyan stepanya at jlab.org
Sun Jun 26 19:25:57 EDT 2022

Dear all,

With sadness, I have to report that our long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Rob Fersch, passed away tragically this weekend. Many of us have known Rob for more than a decade. Our condolences and deep sympathies to his family. The information in the email from CNU forwarded by Latifa.


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From: Latifa Elouadrhiri <latifa at jlab.org<mailto:latifa at jlab.org>>
Subject: Fw: [EXTERNAL] Rob Fersch - Sad News
Date: June 26, 2022 at 5:53:37 PM EDT
To: Silvia Niccolai <silvia at jlab.org<mailto:silvia at jlab.org>>, Stepan Stepanyan <stepanya at jlab.org<mailto:stepanya at jlab.org>>, Sebastian Kuhn <kuhn at jlab.org<mailto:kuhn at jlab.org>>

Dear Silvia, Stepan and Sebastian,

 Please see the email below for the CNU department chair - Tragic News.

Best regards,


From: Anton Riedl <riedl at cnu.edu<mailto:riedl at cnu.edu>>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2022 3:22 PM
To: Anton Riedl <riedl at cnu.edu<mailto:riedl at cnu.edu>>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Rob Fersch - Sad News

Dear PCSE Students, Colleagues, and Friends,

It is with overwhelming sadness that I have to inform you that our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Rob Fersch, passed away tragically this weekend.

Rob joined the PCSE department almost 10 years ago as an expert in nuclear physics. He was a passionate and gifted teacher who always found ways to make the wonders of physics and its intricacies accessible to students at all levels. To do so, he was regularly seen wheeling physics demonstrations to and from his classrooms. In fact, Rob was a big proponent of hands-on science. He developed a diverse set of physics activities and demos, his “Physics Fun Park”, which was a popular attraction at many events such as CNU Open Houses, STEM Community Days, and Jefferson Lab Exhibits. Rob truly loved teaching, and he was exceptionally good at it!

Rob was also an accomplished researcher, published scholar, and trusted mentor. As a member of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) Collaboration at Jefferson Lab he spent countless hours developing experiments, collecting data, and analyzing results. He particularly loved to involve students in his research, which he did throughout his time at CNU.

In short, Rob was a talented teacher, respected researcher, advisor and mentor to many students, and wonderful colleague. We will miss him tremendously.

Students and faculty who would like to speak with a counselor can contact CNU’s Counseling Services (https://cnu.edu/life/counseling/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__cnu.edu_life_counseling_&d=DwMFaQ&c=CJqEzB1piLOyyvZjb8YUQw&r=IbWk8zxXqrZbowqRjbpcbQ&m=FIe85DYCRB5YVsUFBCAJ1JcmjhkiC0u7nC8Zn4a-BfZ5D4F7UL3LgwlmVPu4wex7&s=YQfExHrPbg57kcVSfTHUqCrmQeLMrAM7bn9W_LGwiWs&e=>).

There will be a memorial service in the Pope Chapel later in the week of July 4th. Details will be forthcoming.

   Anton Riedl

Dr.-Ing. Anton Riedl
Associate Professor, Chair
Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, 23606, USA
Tel: +1(757)594-7829   Fax: +1(757)594-7919

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