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We regret to announce the sudden passing of Professor Emeritus Lawrence Badash on Aug. 23, 2010.

Thanks to all who came to celebrate Larry’s life on October 3, 2010

Our friend and colleague Larry Badash passed away on August 23, 2010, just a few weeks after having been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer.

There was a large turnout on Sunday, October 3, for the celebration of Larry’s life by his family, friends, colleagues and others whom he touched.

Messages to his family can be sent to his email address: badash@history.ucsb.edu.

More information about Larry’s career can be found on Larry’s History Department faculty page.

A detailed and thoughtful obituary of Larry by his former student Peter Neushul appears in the Sept. 7 Santa Barbara Independent: “Lawrence Badash: 1934-2010: Physics Historian, Trekker, Los Padres Search and Rescue Team Member.”

The photo at right shows Larry on one of his first backpacking trips, in King’s Canyon National Park, in 1967. Photo by Carroll Pursell, who is now (in semi-retirement) an adjunct at Australian National University, where his wife Angela Woollacott is the holder of a prestigious endowed chair. Who are the other 4 historians?*

Badash, King's Canyon hike 1967Larry’s final book was A Nuclear Winter’s Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s, published by The MIT Press in 2009. While he was UCSB, Larry trained a cohort of historians of science, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers themselves, and he was active in various civic groups such as the ACLU, anti-nuclear movements, and the Sierra Club.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the three causes that were important to Larry:

The Badash Prize in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. This prize, set up by Larry’s many friends in honor of his career and community service, is awarded annually for a graduate student essay in the history of science. See this list of previous recipients.

Donations to this prize and the other causes can be sent to:

History Department – Badash Prize
Attn: David Passof
History Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410

Santa Barbara Chapter – ACLU
P.O. Box 30645
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Los Padres Sierra Club
P.O. Box 31241
Santa Barbara, CA 93130-1241

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*Al Lindemann is at the upper right; Otis Graham middle right, Carroll Pursell at the bottom with the walrus facial hair, and Rod Nash on the left in the red hat.