Gilbert Norman Plass died March 1, 2004, in Bryan, Texas. He was 83.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Gilbert graduated from Harvard in 1941 and earned a PhD in physics from Princeton in 1947. A professor at Texas A&M University, he authored six books and more than 100 articles.
In addition to his science, Gilbert actively supported the arts. He helped found arts organizations, served as president of arts societies, and produced a twice-weekly radio program for a Texas FM station.
Gilbert is survived by a daughter, six grandchildren, and four stepgrandchildren.