Anthony J. Tuzzolino (1931-2008)
Anthony J. age 76, beloved husband of the late Nancy (nee Losito), loving
father of Nancy and Sam; dear brother of Connie (Frank) McDonnell and the
late Frank Tuzzolino; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; loving son
of the late Sam and Lucille Tuzzolino. Retired physicist who worked at the
Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research at the University of Chicago.
Funeral Saturday, 9:30 am from Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero
Ave. to Queen of All Saints Basilica for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Entombment Queen
of Heaven Mausoleum. Visitation Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. Donations to American
Cancer Society would be appreciated. www.smithcorcoran.com
Sun Times, January 11, 2008.
Anthony Tuzzolino: 1931 - 2008
Space-age physicist taught at U. of C.
Helped design, build cosmic ray detectors
Chicago Tribune, February 01, 2008
By Trevor Jensen
Anthony Tuzzolino helped design and build more than 40 devices that were
shot into space to deliver data on cosmic rays and other interplanetary
Dr. Tuzzolino, 76, died of complications from lung cancer Wednesday,
Jan. 9, at his north suburban home, said his daughter Nancy. Dr. Tuzzolino
received a doctorate degree in physics from the University of Chicago
in 1957 and went on to spend his entire career at the Hyde Park school,
retiring in 2006 as a senior scientist with the schools Enrico Fermi
Studying and later working with pioneering U. of C. scientist John Simpson,Dr.
Tuzzolino helped develop cosmic ray detectors and cosmic dust sensors
at the U. of C.s Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research.
With Simpson, Dr. Tuzzolino built an instrument that was aboard the Pioneer
2 satellite in 1958. In the early 1970s, the scientists developed instruments
that were aboard the Pioneer 10 space probe, the first craft to visit
Jupiter. Detectors designed by Dr. Tuzzolino and his team were also the
first to reach Mercury and Mars, according to the U. of C.
In a statement issued by the university, Ed Stone, who as a graduate
student studied with Dr. Tuzzolino and later was director of NASAs
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, called his one-time professor a pioneer
of the space age.
Data from his detectors yielded numerous scientific discoveries
and started many students on their careers in research, Stone said
in the statement
Dr. Tuzzolinos parents were Italian immigrants who lived on the
North Side His father worked a variety of jobs and for many years was
a barber. Mr. Tuzzolino graduated from Lane Tech High School and went
to U. of C. with the intention of becoming a medical doctor, his daughter
But he took a physics class and fell under Simpsons influence,
paving the way for his career in space science.
At home, Dr. Tuzzolino rarely spoke about his work, his daughter said.
He was really turned on by it, but he really didnt expect
anyone else to be turned on by it, she said.
Mr. Tuzzolinos wife, Nancy, died in 1997. He is also survived by
a son, Sam; and a sister, Connie McDonnell.
See also this University
of Chicago News Release.
A Symposium was held on May
12, 2006 to honor Tony Tuzzolino's retirement from LASR. A web page describes
and links to pictures taken on that day.
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