George K. Horton, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on November 01, 2009. Professor Horton was a member of the Physics Department
To commemorate his achievements, the Department of Physics and Astronomy is inviting people throughout the Rutgers community to attend a celebration of Hortonís life. A memorial meeting will be held Friday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in the Physics Lecture Hall, with tributes by colleagues, family members and friends. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the third floor lounge of the Serin Physics Building.
George Klaus Horton, Ph.D., died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at age 83. A memorial will be held at Rutgers University at a later date. Dr. Horton was a professor of physics at Rutgers University for 50 years. In 1939 his family escaped from Nazi Germany to England, where he attended Rugby School and Imperial College in London. In 1949 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham, with Rudolph E. Pcierls. After a post-doctoral fellowship in Zurich he joined the faculty at the University of Alberta, where he served for nine years before beginning his career at Rutgers University. Dr. Horton was an expert in solid-state physics, with a special interest in lattice dynamics and self-consistent phonons. He authored over 100 scientific papers, books and chapters. He trained graduate students, post-docs, and taught basic physics to generations of Rutgers undergraduates. His work as a professor and scientist was the focus of his life, as were a great love for his family and a deep appreciation for the arts. Dr. Horton was predeceased by a son, David S. Horton, and a sister, Ursula Bowles. Surviving are his beloved wife of 60 years, Pamela Horton (nee Fairbrother); three children, Belinda Carstens-Wickham of Edwardsville, Ill., Jonathan C. Horton of San Mateo, Calif., and Lisa Richter of Canton, Conn., and 10 grandchildren, Karoline, Michelle, Miranda, Hannah, Nathanael, Matthew, Christina, Paul, Mollie and Pamela.
Donations may be sent to the George K. Horton Fund at the Rutgers University Foundation, Winants Hall, 7 College Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901-1261.
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