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Memorial Service is March 10 for Physics Professor Emeritus Wynford Harries

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Westminster-Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, for Wynford L. Harries, of Virginia Beach, formerly of Norfolk, who died March 3, 2010, in a local hospital. An eminent scholar emeritus and professor emeritus of physics at Old Dominion University, Harries was 86.

A native of Wales, United Kingdom, Harries joined the ODU faculty in 1970 as a professor and received tenure in 1971. He served as chair of the physics department from 1970-73. In 1978, he was named an eminent professor, a distinction that was changed to eminent scholar in 1990.

Harries published 87 research articles and delivered numerous professional talks on work in several areas of physics. In addition to his research, he taught lecture courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Harries, who also did scientific research at NASA Langley Research Center, retired in 1993.

He received bachelor's degrees in pure mathematics and radio engineering, and in physics, in 1943 and 1949, respectively, from the University of Wales, and a doctorate in physics in 1953 from Oxford University.

Before joining the ODU faculty, Harries held positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clevite Transistor Products, International Telephone and Telegraph Co. and Princeton University, where he was on the research staff of the Plasma Physics Laboratory.

He attended Second Presbyterian Church in Norfolk and The Chapel at Westminster-Canterbury. He was a member of the Welsh-American Foundation and a life member of the St. David's Society. He also was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and held memberships in IEEE, American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Institute of Radio Engineering, Sigma XI, Institute of Physics (London) and Institute of Electrical Engineers (London).

Harries served in the His Majesty's Forces as Captain Royal Signals (attached Indian Army) from 1945-47.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Gratkowski Harries, and his sister, Orien Jones of Wales, United Kingdom.

Richard J. Keever and the Rev. Greg Delle-Tezze will officiate at the memorial service. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, is handling the arrangements.

This article was posted on: March 8, 2010

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