Remembering Jerry Reber

We are deeply saddened to bring the news that our dear friend and colleague Professor Jerry Reber passed away on July 27, 2022.

Professor Reber received his B.A. in physics from Franklin and Marshall College and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky.  Reber came to Geneseo's physics department in 1969 and served as department chair from the late 1980s until the mid 1990s.  Reber's expertise was in the field of nuclear physics, and he served as director of the Geneseo 2 MV Van de Graaff accelerator laboratory.   In 1995, Reber was promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Reber also received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy has named its undergraduate student teaching award in honor of Professor Reber.

For many years, Jerry and his wife Dixie hosted a retreat for all students, faculty, and staff of the physics department at their cabin in Pennsylvania.  Generations of students will remember Jerry for his grace and generosity.  Jerry was a caring mentor who could always be counted on to give thoughtful advice to students and junior colleagues. 

We are all heartbroken by the loss of one of the kindest people that we have ever met. 

Celebration of Life for Jerry Reber