Dr. Jack Sugar, Atomic Physicist

August 25, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dr. Jack Sugar, a noted retired atomic physicist whose career with the National Institute of Standards and Technology spanned more than three decades, died Aug. 15 from complications of Parkinson's disease at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He was 79.

Born in Baltimore, the son of a furrier and homemaker, he was raised on Linden Avenue, and graduated in 1948 from Polytechnic Institute.

He earned a degree in physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1951. He later earned both a master's and Ph.D. in the subject, also from Hopkins, in 1959.

In 1960, Dr. Sugar began his career at what was then called the National Bureau of Standards, working in the field of atomic spectroscopy.

During his 40-year career, Dr. Sugar was a prolific contributor to scientific publications, having had more than 100 articles published, and he spoke at symposiums the world over.

He was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award in 1971, and the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service in 1994.

The longtime Garrett Park resident retired in 1995.

Dr. Sugar was an accomplished pianist and tennis player. He enjoyed gardening and was a member for many years of the Garrett Park Arboretum Committee in Montgomery County.

A memorial service will be held at noon Sept. 12 at Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Ave.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Judy Blumberg; a son, Ross Sugar of Towson; two daughters, Erica Jackson of Annapolis and Eve Clancy of Hampton, Va.; and four grandchildren.


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