Myron Bander

The School of Physical Sciences laments the death of Professor Myron Bander, who passed away on December 20, 2012. Bander graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, 1958, M.S., 1959 and Ph.D., 1962. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at CERN, University of Copenhagen and University of Paris, 1962-63, and a Research Associate at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 1963-66.

He came to UC Irvine as Assistant Professor in July 1966. Among his service activities included two terms of Department Chair, 1978-80 and 1992-95, and as the third Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, 1980-86. Myron was devoted to excellence at UCI. In quiet, often unrecognized ways, he was an academic leader throughout his career here. He served on various Senate and Departmental committees; and was on the Board of Directors of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, 1986-2001. He was on the teams that started the Department of Earth System Science and that worked to elevate the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Cosmology group to world-class excellence. Bander's contributions to theoretical physics covered a broad range of topics. He was first and foremost an elementary particle theorist, but his work and expertize extended over wide areas of quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, and general relativity. In pursuing his research he was a frequent and welcome visitor with the theory groups of most of the major particle physics laboratories throughout the world. He remained active as a mentor to young faculty and graduate students and taught the graduate course in statistical physics as recently as winter, 2012.

 Myron is survived by his wife, Carol. Dr. Myron Bander was a great friend and colleague. He will be remembered dearly at UC Irvine. 

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Remembrances

From: 
Steve Barwick
Relationship: 
colleague

Dear Carol,
This is terrible news. Both Lauri and I are deeply saddened by the loss of someone who meant so much to us. Myron took an active interest in all things UCI, and I was very grateful and pleasantly surprised when he offered advice and help on some of my own activities. I learned early on that it was best to follow his intuition and wisdom on a variety of issues that affect young faculty in a prestigious department (that Myron was instrumental in nuturing). He was a wonderful mentor, and I learned a great deal from him. We lost one of the good ones.

From: 
Tim Tait
Relationship: 
faculty member

Dear Carol,

I was so sad to hear the news about Myron. He has been such a positive presence in the Physics department since my arrival that I can't really imagine what it will be like there without him. I've enjoyed very much discussing with him, and he was always ready and able to discuss anything at all -- I really learned a lot from him.

Best wishes,
Tim Tait

From: 
Michael E. Peskin
Relationship: 
colleague

I am saddened to hear of Myron Bander's death. I met him most recently in October; he was an active and critical participant in the National Academy symposium on Dark Matter held in Irvine. I hoped see him on my visits to Irvine for many years to come.

Bander had major contributions to statistical mechanics and to the theory of heavy quark weak interactions. He also guided the evolution of high energy physics and astrophysics at Irvine to current high level. He leaves an impressive edifice behind him.

From: 
Dennis Silverman
Relationship: 
Friend and colleague

Myron was a great friend and colleague, as he was the leader of the particle physics group at UC Irvine. We enjoyed years of lunches together where he would discuss physics and his national and worldwide contacts and friends. He would also discuss his abundant travels, and his vast knowledge of Europe and European languages. He also had very amusing and inside stories about physicists to tell.
When he was Dean of Physical Sciences he oversaw the building of Reines Hall. He was also a leader in setting up the Department of Earth System Sciences and in bringing Ralph Cicerone to UC Irvine. Prof. Cicerone become Dean and Chancellor, and is now the President of the National Academy of Sciences. Myron also contributed to important Campus committees. He also recruited the older faculty, and the very dynamic new faculty in particle physics. His spirit will live on through the many remembrances of his friends and colleagues, and through the tremendous contributions he made to the growth and quality of UC Irvine.

From: 
Yuri Shirman
Relationship: 
colleague

Dear Carol,
I want to express my condolences on your loss. Myron was a great person and a great physicist. I am honoured to have been his colleague for the past few years. I will miss him as I am sure will everyone else who knew him.

From: 
Karen McIntyre-Brown
Relationship: 
Friend and past staff member

My deepest sympathy for you Carol. Myron was a Gem. The first Chair I worked for in Physics and top on my list as a Colleague, Mentor and Friend. Always sharing wonderful stories of the adventures you and he shared. "Fatsies" for the ladies in the office and always an open ear for any topic you may want to discuss. I had to leave UCI in 2011 due to illness. He never stopped checking in with me from time to time to see how I was doing. I will miss him dearly and so fortunate to have shared the time and friendship with him. My Best to you Carol during this difficult time. Sincerely, Karen McIntyre=Brown.

From: 
Eliezer Rabinovici
Relationship: 
Physicist colleague

I first got to know Myron as a Phd student in 1974 when he visited the Weizmann
Institute. We have been friends with Carol and him ever since.
I miss him and his smile.

From: 
Errol Gotsman
Relationship: 
friend and colleague

Have known Myron since I first spent time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCI in 1969. His knowledge extended to many fields beyond theoretical physics. He demanded the highest standards both of himself and his students. His passing is a loss to all those who knew him. My condolences to Carol his wife and partner.

From: 
Ronald J. and Sharon M. Stern
Relationship: 
Colleague

We are devastated with the news of Myron's passing. We always think of him as so brilliant, witty, athletic, with an incredible memory--it is hard to realize that he is no longer with us.
Myron was an important advisor in my role as dean for the development of physics as well as the rest of the physical sciences. He brought an international perspective - having himself visited over 100 countries. He was a remarkable "young" man.

From: 
Gabriele K. Libbey
Relationship: 
Sister-in-law

I grew up with Myron from age 11. He was always brilliant. He is also survived by his nieces jill wiener, Jane Matthews and his nephew, Andrew Wiener, my three children.

From: 
Gabriele K. Libbey
Relationship: 
Sister-in-law

I grew up with Myron from age 11. He was always brilliant. He is also survived by his nieces jill wiener, Jane Matthews and his nephew, Andrew Wiener, my three children.

From: 
Aaron Roy
Relationship: 
Former Graduate Student

I was the last of Myron Bander's graduate students. He was an inspiration. He taught the subject at the most frontier of levels with great enthusiasm and fervor. He was the only man I knew that could put the whole of particle physics on a chalk board without any notes. He helped me to strengthen my weaknesses and tone down my strengths. He was a man that was very humble and giving. I will miss his blunt candor and pleasant tone. May his legacy live on through his past works that still inspire, through the many students that he influenced, and through his wife and family that survives him.

Rest in peace, Dr. Myron Bander

From: 
Henry Lubatti
Relationship: 
colleague

Myron is an old and dear friend. we met at a summer meeting in Hawaii in 1965 when I was a graduate student and he a postdoc at SLAC and maintained contact over the years. In the past few years we would often meet at the URA board of trustees meeting’s in DC and have dinner at Kincaids. Carol, I remember fondly the late evening snack we had at a lovely restaurant on the Place de la Concord in Paris about three years ago.

From: 
Andreas Kronfeld
Relationship: 
colleague, friend

Dear Carol, I always enjoyed it when you and Myron visited Fermilab. Andreas Kronfeld

From: 
Mercedes Kronfeld
Relationship: 
Friend/ former colleague

Dear Carol, I'm so saddened to learn of Myron's passing; the world has lost a great physicist and wonderful man. He did so much to build UCI's reputation. Scott and I remember so fondly your visit to us in El Cerrito. I hope you are well and aren't too lonely-- it must be a terrible adjustment. I'll keep you in my prayers. I'd love to hear from you.

From: 
Will Cross
Relationship: 
Former student

I was in several of Myron Bander's classes in E&M and particle physics, from 2001-2004 or so. He was always enthusiastic about the material, he had an excellent sense of humor, and I am a better physicist for having the benefit of his teaching.

Thank you, Myron Bander.

From: 
Marty Einhorn
Relationship: 
Friend

I was shocked to learn of Myron's sudden passing, and Vibeke and my hearts go out to Carol. I've known Myron since I was a postdoc, my gosh, 40 years ago. I regret that we haven't crossed paths in several years. I can only imagine all the stories I missed hearing! He helped build up the science departments at Irvine; I'm sure his advice will be sorely missed.

From: 
Don V Black
Relationship: 
Former student

I am shocked & saddened to learn of the untimely demise of Professor Myron Bandor. I enjoyed his graduate physics courses. He shared a unique vision with his students. It was remarkable to catch him unexpectedly outside the classroom and see him smile.

I will miss you, Myron.

From: 
Clay Spence
Relationship: 
Former student

I was saddened to hear of Myron's passing. He was a wonderful adviser, door always open, friendly as well as a solid teacher. Those were years I cherish, and he was a big part of why I value them. I've had occasional contact since then, and it's a blow to know that can't continue. (Thanks to Bob Kares for hunting me down to inform me.)

From: 
michael nauenberg
Relationship: 
friend

I am saddened to learn about the untimely death of Myron. In '62 I had the pleasure to serve on his Phd exam committee at Columbia University.
Already then it became clear that he had a promising career in physics which he fulfilled. Since then, our paths have crossed many times, and I have enjoyed numerous discussions of physics with him. He will be sorely missed.

Michael Nauenberg

From: 
Amarjit Soni
Relationship: 
colleague/close friend

I was a post-doc at UCI over thirty years ago and worked closely with Myron and Dennis. Over the years, my wife (Sharon) and I became very close friends of Myron and Carol. I was actually at UCI less than two years but Myron played an important role in my evolution as a physicist. The personal friendship that we developed with the Banders was perhaps even more significant.

From: 
Christopher Jargocki
Relationship: 
Former Ph.D. student

I was Myron's doctoral student in 1978-81. He was a superb adviser who helped me gain a measure of confidence in my ability to handle complex path-integral calculations, saying things like, "You never make mistakes!" (Oh, if he only knew!) He was kind enough to recommend me for the 1978 QCD Workshop in La Jolla which to a graduate student was heaven on earth, and even kinder to put my name first on our joint paper although the topic was Myron's original idea. On a more personal note, over the years Myron and I had many interesting conversations, over lunch and at conferences. We had something in common - we were both born in Poland so Poland and our general love of travel were frequent topics during our get-togethers. I'm not sure how Myron felt about my interest in writing books but he was certainly supportive and enjoyed seeing the finished product

From: 
Shaouly Bar-Shalom
Relationship: 
friend and colleague

Dear Carol,
My deep condolences for your big lost.
As a particle physicist I know of Mayron for many years, but only several years ago we met in UCI during my sabbatical there and became good friends. As I expected from what I have heard about Mayron, I met a very warm and kind and a very smart person. I will miss very much our great discussions, be it on physics or any other burning issue of the day.

From: 
Catherine Li Chen
Relationship: 
friend

Dear Carol,
I am truly sorry for your great loss. There is no way that you can fill the pain and void in your heart and soul, but Myron would want you to go on and live life to the fullest. His memory will always be with you and whenever you are troubled, just turn to him and ask, "What should I do, Myron?" Myron will answer you and comfort you.
Because about 30 years ago, I was much younger than Myron according to that period of time, he always thought of me as a kid. However, I remember his kind acts and there were numerous. He was also there for Herbert and without his help personally and support as colleague, Department Chair and Dean, Herbert would not have gone as far in his career. I am also very grateful that Myron was there for Herbert during his last year of life. He provided me with the voice of reason when I felt only pain and grief. The moment he learned that Herbert had leukemia, he made sure that Herbert made out a will and he signed it as witness. At that time, he was neither department chair nor dean. After Herbert's death, he made sure the University's obligations to the family was smoothly processed. Myron did not speak to me often during social gatherings because I was "the kid" in his mind, but that was okay. He genuinely help me through a tough period in my life and Herbert's.
So Myron, "the kid" remembers you and I will always be there for Carol.

From: 
Ivan Muzinich
Relationship: 
Former colleague

I am saddened upon the passing of Myron. I have known him since his post doc days at Stanford. He was always interesting to speak with about physics and other topics. I mat him several times subsequently and as a speaker at UCI,\. I wish his wife and family well.

Ivan Muzinich

From: 
Christine Chen
Relationship: 
friend

Dear Auntie Carol,

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss.

I remember when my father died, Uncle Myron read an excerpt from a poem called "The Butterfly" by that year's Nobel Laureate in literature, Joseph Brodsky, which seems as appropriate now as then.

Should I say that you're dead?
You touched so brief a fragment
of time. There's much that's sad in
the joke God played.
I scarcely comprehend
the words "you've lived"; the date of
your birth and when you faded
in my cupped hands
are one, and not two dates.

Best Wishes,
Christine