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Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship
SPS members and the physics family at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, MI, were saddened to learn about the death of Marine Major Gerald Bloomfield II, an alumnus of the Physics Department who died on November 2, 2005 when his Super Cobra helicopter was shot down near Ramadi, Iraq.
Jerry is remembered by faculty and his colleagues as a bright, energetic young man who took his first physics classes in 1985. He was a typical undergraduate who struggled with the first couple of courses. However, Jerry was determined to do well and he did. His professors and friends watched proudly as he walked across the stage to get his diploma in 1988. He graduated with honors as one of the EMU's first engineering physics majors.
Upon learning of Jerry's death, several faculty members at EMU recounted their memories of him to current physics majors. The student members of SPS were very moved by this continuing love and concern for the extended physics family and wanted to acknowledge Jerry's sacrifice in some meaningful way. They decided to donate from their personal funds towards a national SPS Leadership Scholarship in Jerry's memory. They invited the faculty to donate too, and the response was heartwarming.
In memory of Jerry Bloomfield II, the SPS chapter at EMU donated funds for an SPS Leadership Scholarship, to be given to "an enthusiastic young physics major, who like Jerry, can learn not only how to do physics, but also how to be a leader in the physics community and the world at large." The scholarship was awarded to SPS member Anna M. Quider for the 2006-07 academic year.
You can find tributes to Jerry Bloomfield on the following websites: