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Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering Rudi Nussbaum

We wrote a while back about the passing of Rudi Nussbaum -- a giant of a man who fearlessly spoke the truth about so many subjects. That includes nuclear physics, about which he was an expert. Yesterday we received a nice note from his grandchild, and it attached this message from Rudi's widow:

July 20 was the end of a wonderful vacation, during which Rudi and I had closed several circles at places dear to us in Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands. On the way home, in the Amsterdam Airport, Rudi took a fatal fall. Fortunately our two sons and their wives were able to rush over from the US to bid him farewell. He died July 22 in a nearby hospital. At the cremation in Holland, we had a small memorial service with relatives and old friends. The circle of our remarkable life together was closed in Amsterdam, where the two of us had met 70 years before!

Despite the shock and profound grief, I am grateful that Rudi was spared prolonged suffering and the infirmities of old age.

Please come and help the family and me celebrate his rich life.

-- Laureen Nussbaum

October 23, 2011
1:45 PM
University Place Hotel & Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97201

Comments (3)

Thank you, Jack. Remember him for all of us.

I didn't know him well, but I had a lot of respect for him. I'm sad to hear of his passing.

July 31, 2011

It is a sad day when such a great man who was gentle caring soul passes. A man who was always fighting for truth and justice for all people.

I met Rudi for the first time back in 1988, and over the years worked with Rudi on many Hanford issues, from HEDR, to the forming of NW Radiation Health Alliances, to DOE hearings, to meeting with the Hanford Health Effects Sub-Committee.

Rudi with his expertise was always a thorn in the status quo of the Health Physics Society & Government that continually down plays the true and many health impacts caused from exposure to radiation.

If I could think of one person who was always hitting the nail on the head it was Rudi. He was not afraid to tell it like it is, and did not care what others in mainstream science thought about him.

For Rudi it was and is always about the people, the children and future generations. Rudi always found time for beauty and balance in his life.

Rudi will be missed, but never forgotten. We thank him for all the work he has done and the legacy that he has left.

He was a dear friend and always will be.

My Blessings to all of his family and friends

Greg & Cyndy deBruler

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