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Professor emeritus of physics dies

| Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics, died March 22 at the age of 86, according to a press release issued by the University on Tuesday.

“Chagnon taught physics and conducted research in nuclear physics at Notre Dame for 32 years before retiring in 1995. He published numerous articles on his research, and was admired as a stalwart of Notre Dame’s physics faculty. His teaching is honored annually at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies by the undergraduate Paul Chagnon Service Award,” the release stated.

Chagnon graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1950 and received a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1955.

“He taught at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Boston University before joining Notre Dame’s faculty in 1963,” the release stated.

Chagnon’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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