Dr. William Saam, Professor and Chair 1941-2020

July 20, 2020

Dr. William Saam, Professor and Chair 1941-2020

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Dr. Wiliam Saam
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William F. Saam, age 78, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Kobacker House. William was born on November 14, 1941 in Butte, Montana. Will earned his Bachelor of Science from CalTech and his Masters of Science and Doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois. After graduation, he did a fellowship in Germany and another in France. Will joined the Physics Department faculty at The Ohio State University in 1970. In 1996 he became Chair of the Physics Department and remained in that position until retirement in 2008. He served as Chair of the Midwest Physics Chairs and was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Will was a man of many interests including camping, hiking, running, traveling, and art. He was well-read and never stopped learning. Will made friends easily and had a way of making each feel special. He had a true zest for life that brought joy to his family and friends.