Dr. James G. Broerman
1935 - 2007
"The Greatest is Love
l Corinthians 13:13"
James G. Broerman of Springfield, Missouri passed away on Sunday,
July 15, 2007. Jim was born in Evansville, Indiana on December
21, 1935. In 1953, Jim graduated valedictorian from Reitz Memorial
High School. He was high school band president.
Jim received a B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Physics in 1957
and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1963 from St. Louis University.
His dissertation involved Quantum Electrodynamics: Area generalizing
the Feynmann two component electron theory to a Lagrangian formalism
applicable to strong interactions. He was a member of the
St. Thomas More Honors Academy and is listed in the Who’s
Who among the American Colleges and Universities.
In July 1963 Jim joined the Microwave and Low Temperature Physics
Group, Research Division, McDonnell Aircraft Company as a Scientist.
He remained in this organization until 1991 where he advanced
to Chief Scientist while the organization grew and eventually
became the Solid State Physics Group of the McDonnell Douglas
Research Laboratories (MDRL). As Chief Scientist, Jim was responsible
for research on IR sensor, high-power laser array, and photonic
device technology. Jim was a valued scientist and his written
papers contributed to the national and international reputation
of MDRL. Jim wrote 41 papers on Infrared Detector Materials that
were a major reason for MDRL’s reputation on mercury cadmium
telluride preparation and characterization with the Department
of Defense Laboratories. This reputation plus excellent proposals
resulted in several multi-man year sole-source contracts on Epitaxially
Growth of Mercury Cadmium Telluride. The results of these contracts
were state of the art at the time.
In 1991 Jim joined the Physics Department at Missouri State University
as a full Professor. Jim was instrumental in acquiring substantial
research equipment that was used to grow very thin semiconducting
thin films. This equipment has become a cornerstone for development
of research and teaching programs. Jim was also instrumental in
developing a Master of Science program in Materials Science (this
was among the first graduate programs at Missouri State University).
He severed as the Graduate Program Coordinator from the inception
of the Materials Science Program. He also developed the undergraduate
curriculum, served on numerous committees and never tired of encouraging
young people toward the study of Physics and Material Sciences.
He was often asked to teach the most challenging programs such
as Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Theory. He became Professor
Emeritus on April 1, 2007.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra R. Broerman, and
his children, step-children and grandchildren: son and daughter-in-law
Matthew and Diane Broerman and granddaughter Daphne Broerman of
Sarasota, Florida; daughter Kristin Keckeisen and grandsons Nick
and Alex Keckeisen of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter Liesel Broerman
of St. Paul, Minnesota; and daughter Inga Broerman and grandsons
Max and Augie Spendley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; step-daughter
Andrea Grosnick and husband Cedric Grosnick and grandchildren
Christopher and Mathew Junkin of Hershey, Pennsylvania; step-daughter
Shelly Mortimer of Campbell, California; step-daughter Aimee Fuller
and husband James Fuller and grandchildren Bella and Read Fuller
of London, England.
Jim Broerman was a wonderful, intelligent, caring, funny, insightful,
brilliant man and will be greatly missed by his wife, family and
friends. His many scientific abilities, opinions and expertise
will be missed by his colleagues and students at Missouri State
in the future. Furthermore, the exMDRL scientists who benefited
from Jim’s work and advice remember well his congeniality,
camaraderie, and expertise….
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Celestis,
Inc. These funds will support participation in memorial spaceflights
and other launch-related projects, including space camps for children.
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Services were held at The First & Calvary Presbyterian Church
in Springfield, Missouri on July 20, 2007.