It is with sadness that the Department of Physics and Astronomy reports the death of Dr. Ronald Tabak, retired recently from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, due to complications from multiple myeloma.
A native of Struthers, Ron returned home for his career, having received his bachelor's in physics, Summa Cum Laude, from YSU in 1968. He earned his master's degree in physics at the University of Washington. Prior to completing his terminal degree, he next served in the United States Army and did pure and applied research in physiological optics and human engineering.
He completed his PhD in astronomy at Ohio State University in 1976, with his thesis titled "The catalytic production of interstellar molecular hydrogen."
He became an instructor at YSU in 1976 and an assistant professor in 1978. He taught thousands of students at YSU for a total of 46 years, until his illness forced him to retire in 2012.
His research was primarily in interstellar dust grains and the surface of Saturn's moon Iapetus, work that is still cited today. He was awarded YSU's Distinguished Professorship in Research award twice and YSU's Distinguished Service Award twice.
He taught many physics and astronomy courses throughout his career, and had a special liking for classical mechanics. He was very active in the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society, the YSU Academic Senate, and the YSU-OEA.
A full obituary can be found at the Vindicator at http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2013/nov/24/ronald-g-taba/