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Ed Dorman

d. March 16, 2024

Bowling Green

Dr. Ed Smith Dorman, a brilliant mind in the field of physics and a dedicated professor at Western Kentucky University, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the age of 86 in Bowling Green, KY. Born on January 31, 1938, in Memphis Tennessee, he was the son of George and Clara Dorman.

Throughout his life, Dr. Dorman displayed exceptional intellect and passion for learning. His academic achievements were remarkable, skipping several grades during his schooling years. He earned the highest honor of induction into Phi Beta Kappa as a physics major at Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) before obtaining his doctorate in physics from Johns Hopkins University.

Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Dorman went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University for ten years with a prestigious group specializing in spectroscopy. His knowledge and expertise were further shared with students as he transitioned into a role as a professor of physics at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Dorman's dedication to teaching left an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege to learn from him.

Despite his exceptional academic achievements, Ed remained humble and focused on contributing meaningfully to others without seeking any accolades or recognition. His generosity of spirit and remarkable memory—able to recite Pi to 32 decimal places—are just some examples of his unique character.

In honoring the memory of Dr. Ed Smith Dorman, it is evident that his legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched both in and out of the classroom. While he may no longer be physically present among us, his spirit of curiosity, generosity, and love for learning will continue to inspire generations to come.
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