To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: December 22, 2015
Subject: In Memory: Robert Lufburrow
Associate Professor of Physics Emeritus Robert Allen Lufburrow died on December 17 at the age of 93.
“Luf” finished high school at Berea College in 1940 and earned a Bachelor of Science at the college in math. After serving in the Navy for four years as a photographer, he earned his master’s degree, joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and traveled the South Atlantic, docking at such places as Senegal and Peru. He joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1958, where he taught until he retired in 1984. After leaving active teaching, he settled in Oregon, where he died last week.
In a past St. Lawrence Magazine article that invited alumni to cite their most memorable class, former trustee John Finley ’70 wrote “It was introductory physics, which led to my major. Prof. Lufburrow simplified the concepts in physics and taught me the technique of making quantitative estimates (how many ping-pong balls can fit in a room? how many nanometers in a one-mile race? how heavy is the water in an Olympic swimming pool?) These types of 'order of magnitude' questions come up repeatedly in my business life, so I’m grateful to St. Lawrence for having Prof. Lufburrow there in my freshman physics class to show me the simple way through these global issues.”
We extend condolences to Luf’s three children: Elizabeth Lufburrow, Deborah Lufburrow Chapman and Robert Allen Lufburrow, lll and their families.
A private remembrance ceremony will be held at a later date. Your memories of Luf are welcome at our Memorial web site.