Simon Swordy (1954-2010)

Last updated: July 21, 2010
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Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:05:25 -0700
From: Jacques L'Heureux
To: LASR alumni and friends
Subject: Simon Swordy

LASR alumni and friends

I am very sad to report that Simon Swordy died on Monday at the University of Chicago Hospitals. I did not know this, but he had been fighting Lymphoma for over a year. He was only 56 years old and leaves a wife, Jo and three children, 20 years old twin sons and a 15 years old daughter. I do not have any other details at this time but those of you in Chicago may want to check the Tribune obituaries. You can also go online at and search for his name.

This is awful and I have had trouble sleeping ever since I found this out. Simon worked with me during our Spacelab II Space Shuttle project for almost 10 years and was a wonderful scientist and and fun to be with. After I left Chicago in 1990, he was invited to join the faculty and was now the James Frank Professor of Physics and has been the Director of the Fermi Institute for several years. His bio is at


Jacques L'Heureux, Warson Woods (St. Louis), Missouri

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