Dick died Sept. 26, 2005, from complications of stroke.
He spent his childhood in Montgomery, Ala., where he attended Sidney Lanier High School. At Princeton he majored in physics, but one of his favorite classes was Alfred Alvarez’s poetry writing seminar. He was a member of Key and Seal Club, where his friends appreciated his sense of humor and good nature and feared his formidable skills in pool, pingpong, and bridge. He was prominent in bridge on campus, which gave rise to his nickname “Oz,” from the famous bridge columnist of the day, Oswald Jacoby.
After graduating from Princeton, Dick earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama. He worked in the defense industry for many years, in Huntsville, Ala., and briefly in Ridgecrest, Calif. He worked hard but always made time for travel and play with his family. Some favorite activities included rockhounding, lathe-working, hiking in the Smokies on family vacations, watching classic movies, attending University of Alabama football games, and scouting junkyards in Huntsville for NASA castoff optics that he used to build homemade telescopes.
Dick’s two children, Sally Jacob ’88 and Christopher Jacob; his former wife, Linda Jacob; and his grandchildren, Miranda Lorsbach and Clayton Jacob, survive him. The class extends deepest sympathy to them.