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David Goodwin Onn

February 18, 1937

David Goodwin Onn Obituary

David Goodwin Onn, age 85, passed away peacefully in January, following a long illness.

He retired in 2000 from the University of Delaware where he had a distinguished career in physics.  He combined a dedication to undergraduate teaching with an active research program in low temperature physics, publishing over 100 papers in scientific journals. 

In retirement, he pursued his love of gardening, volunteered at Longwood Gardens and also served as a docent at Mt. Cuba Center.  David grew up in Newark, England and after graduating from Duke University with a PhD., he spent over 40 years in Newark, Delaware before moving to the Jenner’s Pond retirement community in 2013.   At Jenner’s Pond he was actively involved in the art community organizing art classes and shows.  

He is survived by Dorothy Onn, his wife of 54 years, and his daughter, Kathryn Rice.

The family would like to thank the skilled nursing staff of Preston at Jenner's Pond for the care of David.

There will be a private family memorial service in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens.

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