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In Memory of F. Sherwood Rowland

School of Physical Sciences
School of Physical Sciences Announcements

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Sherry Rowland died Saturday afternoon. After spending a peaceful morning with his wife of almost 60 years, Joan, and his son Jeff, Professor Rowland’s heart stopped beating early in the afternoon.

Not only did Sherry found the UC Irvine Department of Chemistry and earn the 1995 Nobel Prize, but he was a kind soul and mentor to hundreds of students, faculty members, scientists and others here at UCI and around the world. He provided a living example of how curiosity-driven science can make a direct contribution to a better life for everyone.

At present, the family is planning to spread Sherry’s ashes at sea in a private ceremony. Joan Rowland asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the F. S. Rowland Chair and Graduate Fellowship Fund at the UC Irvine Department of Chemistry.

To read Dr. Rowland's obituary go to


Ken Janda, Dean of Physical Sciences
Michael Drake, Chancellor, U. C. Irvine