From the Chair

The Passing of Dr. Geoffrey King Walters

It is with sadness to announce the passing of a Duke Physics PhD alumnus, Dr. Geoffrey King Walters.

Dr. Walters was a Duke Ph.D. His dissertation work with William Fairbanks concerned the (first?) measurement of the 3He-4He liquid phase separation. Dr. Walter King had a tremendously successful career, first in industry at Texas Instruments from 1957-1963, and then in academics and research when he joined the faculty of Rice University in 1963 as a Professor of Physics. From 1980 to 1999 he served as the chairman of the Physics Department, an Assistant Dean of Natural Sciences, and Dean of Natural Sciences. In addition to serving as a highly regarded teacher and directing 29 doctoral students, King participated very actively in the structural operations of Rice.

A memorial is to be conducted on Saturday the 22nd of March at half-past ten o'clock in the morning at the Rice Memorial Chapel on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main Street in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in King's memory may be directed to the King Walters Research Innovation Fund at Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005; or to the Alzheimer's Association, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-2008.