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In Memoriam: Former UNM chair of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering passes

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Norman Frederick Roderick, born October 24, 1940, passed April 6 of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife Judith; daughter Heather Ginn, her husband Eric and grandson Zachary; his son Kevin and grandson Vaclav; sisters-in-law Diane Martin and family, Sandra Klink and family; his cousin Arlene Sidiqqi and family.

Norman was born in McKeesport, Pa. in 1940. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and received his MSE in 1964 and and his PhD in 1971 from the University of Michigan Department of Aerospace Engineering. R.S.B. Ong & Martin Sichel co-chaired his dissertation committee, and Arthur Messiter was a dissertation member. His dissertation was entitle, “Hydromagnetic Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in Shear Layers of Non-Zero Thickness.”

He worked at the rocket test track at Holloman AFB, was a faculty member of the Department of Aeronautics at the US Air Force Academy, and was a faculty member of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexcio for over 30 years.

He was a senior member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), a member of the American Physical Society (APS), and a fellow of IEEE. He had a long, successful carreer in research and consulting in the Air Force, at UNM, Los Alamos National Labs and at Numberex, specializing in high-density plasma physics. Donations should go to the Nuclear Engineering Chair’s Scholarship Fund at UNM. He was blessed with a great life, family, friends and career.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the University of New Mexico scholarship fund “Excellence in Nuclear Engineering”

Checks should be made payable to the UNM Foundation and on the memo line include “Excellence in Nuclear Engineering” in memory of Norman Roderick.

Please send checks to:
The University of New Mexico
School of Engineering Dean’s Office
Attn: Betty Karlsson
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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