The American Nuclear Society (ANS) feels a deep sense of loss at the passing of John W. Landis. John was a charter member of ANS, joining at the dawn of the industry in 1955, and remained a member to his passing on March 16, 2013.
Deeply committed to the peaceful uses of the atom, he served ANS in a variety of leadership roles including President in 1971-1972. He left an indelible mark on the field and ANS through his involvement spanning more than half a century.
The Landis Challenge, a fundraising campaign he sponsored, helped ANS propel its public education program to a new level. He was always committed to increasing the public's understanding of nuclear science and technology. Later, although he may not have known then, his work on the Special Committee for Development helped to lay the foundation for ANS's new Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information.
He was a consummate professional who always sought ways to advance the field. John's memory will live on in the John and Muriel Landis Scholarships as well as the Landis Public Communication and Education Award, and the Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award.
Last updated March 18, 2013, 2:49pm CDT.