Dr. Gary Findley

December 29, 1952 - May 2, 2023
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No path will get you there, we’re off the trail, You and I, and we chose it! Our trips out of doors Through the years have been practice For this ramble together, Deep in the mountains Side by side, Over rocks, through the trees. –from Off the Trail, Gary Snyder Gary Lee Findley, 70, diedContinue Reading

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Our deepest sympathies, from the ULM 2019-2020 cohort (Anne Marie, Mallory, Emiley, Cade, Akshay).
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Cherice Marie Evans left a message on May 10, 2023:
I am sorry for your loss. He was a great mentor to all of the students he trained and to me specifically. I wish I could have been a better friend toward the end.
Fred Watson left a message on May 5, 2023:
I first met Gary Findley at UALR. He was a student of microbiology and I was an assistant professor of chemistry. I used to brew coffee in my office every morning. Gary would usually visit in the afternoon. Rather than brew a fresh pot of coffee, he would remove the basket of spent coffee grounds and reheat the morning brew! Most of the students who came by wanted to talk about a variety of topics, like sports, movies, etc. Gary wanted only to discuss science. I knew nothing about microbiology and he was just learning what physical chemistry was all about. Despite his insistence that microbiology was the academic path he should follow. I convinced him to enroll in the 2-semester physical chemistry course that I taught. He was no ordinary student. His scientific insight, his work ethic, and his tenacity to master concepts were astounding. On graduating from UALR, Gary pursued graduate study in microbiology at Michigan State University. After a brief stay at MSU, Gary called me to inquire about an assistantship to study physical chemistry with Professor Sean McGlynn who had been my major professor at LSU. Arrangements were made and Gary moved to Baton Rouge. In fact, another MSU graduate student, his recently wedded wife (Ann) went with him. Within a couple of years, Gary was an expert in molecular spectroscopy and was teaching quantum chemistry to McGlynn’s research group. It was during one of Gary’s seminars that Professor McGlynn confided in me how incredibly bright Gary was. At UALR, we decided to install a course on preparation for general chemistry. I was to teach it but was not sure what material it should contain. Certainly, a review of simple math was needed. I pondered how to define basic math concepts, like equal. When I told Gary of my dilemma, he said he had experienced the same problem when he was in junior high school. He had concluded that equal means can be replaced with, nothing more, nothing less. In the late 80’s, I got a call from Gary, informing me that he had secured $25M to build a synchrotron at LSU! and that he wanted me to help him do so. When I told him that I would not be much help because I didn’t even know what a synchrotron is, he speculated as to how much fun it would be to build one. At that time, I was making plans to take a sabbatical at the University of Arkansas to do research and generate publications which I needed for promotion to full professor. Gary urged me to do the sabbatical at LSU as a member of his synchrotron project called CAMD. Gary and I had both studied vacuum UV spectroscopy in McGlynn’s lab. The light source we used was a hydrogen discharge lamp. It provided light in the VUV range that was not ideal because of so-called line spectra. I found out that a synchrotron is a circular beam of accelerated electrons which emits light (including VUV) which is smooth, bright, and void of spectral lines. CAMD was like a $25M light bulb! Gary had little patience with people who did not work as hard as he did. It is difficult to know how much of his academic prowess was due to his genius or how much to his tenacious desire to learn. Perhaps Gary’s philosophy can be summarized as follows: Why limit yourself to one academic discipline when you can master many? Perhaps a better statement might be: Why settle for a hydrogen lamp when you can have a synchrotron?
Don Smith left a message on May 4, 2023:
I am so sorry to read about Dr. Findley's death. May his family find peace.
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William R. Dunn left a message on May 3, 2023:
I first met Dr. Findley I was a teenage boy who thought I was the smartest one in the room. Gary disabused me of that notion very quickly. He remains one of the most brilliant and discreetly kind people I have ever encountered. I will always treasure my memories of arguing about films with him and watching Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on opening weekend with him and his family. My sincerest condolences to his family.
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