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Loyola Physics Professor Dies

Loyola press release - February 14, 2000

The Rev. Addicks Ransom Marlow, S.J., an associate professor at Loyola University New Orleans, died in Berlin on Sunday, January 16, 2000, of complications after heart surgery. He was 65.

Since 1974, he has taught physics at Loyola. Prior to joining Loyola, Fr. Marlow was an assistant professor of physics and mathematics at Spring Hill College in Mobile. As an internationally-recognized scientist and a leading expert on Quantum Theory, he edited two books: Mathematical Foundations of the Quantum Theory and Quantum Theory and Gravitation. He published many articles which appeared in numerous publications including the Journal of Mathematical Physics , Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Quantum Logic , Quantum Theory and the Structures of Time and Space.

Besides teaching and publishing, Father Marlow organized two international conferences at Loyola on the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Theory and Quantum Theory and Gravitation. He has contributed papers at international conferences in Sicily, at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and in Mexico City. Fr. Marlow served as a judge for the About Time section of The Science Olympiad and the New Orleans Science Fair. He lectured on several occasions at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was also an astronomy consultant for various radio and television stations. He was member of the Loyola Board of Trustees from 1977–1983 and 1988-1991.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Father Marlow entered the Society of Jesus in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Spring Hill College in Mobile in 1959, a doctorate in mathematical physics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1964, and his licentiate in theology from Boston College in 1967.

Survivors include three brothers, Frank Marlow of Dallas, Texas, Michael Marlow, of Fredericksburg, Texas, Richard Marlow of Houston, Texas, and one sister Therese Walker, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ignatius Chapel located in Bobet Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.