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Jerry Forbes

Profile Updated: June 26, 2019
Residing In:
PORT TOBACCO, MD USA
Spouse/Partner:
Cynthia Schleifer-Forbes
Occupation:
Senior Physicist at Energetics Technology Center (ETC)
Children:
Stephanie Ann Forbes-Jacobs, born 1966, Jason, born 1971
Were you a teacher?

Yes Adjunct Professor at Univ. of MD 2003-2015; High School science teacher in Macomb one year 1963

Were you a nurse or doctor?

No

School Story:

I was a shy student but liked Math and Science. I was in the Industrial track but I took a course from Councilor Lundeen who moved me to the academic track when I was a junior. I actually personally protested to Mr. Lundeen about his changing me to the academic track. My dad was a factory worker and I really enjoyed wood shop. Many fellow High School students back in the late1950's knew me from working at Ken's Coney Island during lunch times and weekends.

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I continued my education after graduating from GHS by getting a BS from Western Illinois University in 1963, a MS in Physics from University of Maryland in 1967 and a PhD in Shock Wave Physics from Washington State University in 1976. I worked as a research physicist for Navy laboratories in Maryland for 33 years and then took a research physics group leader position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for seven years. We moved back to Maryland in 2003 to be closer to my kids. I continue to consult with the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head Maryland. I stopped teaching a graduate class that I developed on Shock Wave Physics for the University of Maryland. I published a text book for this course at UMD "Shock Wave Compression of Condensed Matter-A Primer" published by Springer in 2012. I also serve as an outside reviewer for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Basic Research Program (LDRD) proposals in the field of shock wave physics. In December of 2014, I received the 2015 American Physical Society's George E. Duval Shock Compression of Condensed Matter Science award 6-17-15 at the Shock Compression of Condensed Matter Topical Group meeting in Tampa, FL. This is quite an honor since Duvall was a pioneer of the shockwave field and my thesis advisor at WSU. I have endowed a physics scholarship at Western Illinois University in September 2016. I attended the Scholarship banquet at WIU on November 5, 2017 and presented this physics scholarship.

I can now get to my "bucket list" and do those things such as my hobbies of tennis and fishing but am staying too busy working and cleaning up the Port Tobacco River Watershed by volunteering for the local conservancy group. Made a trip to Scotland 2016 summer to visit my kinsman at the Forbes Castle near Alford, Scotland.

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Sep 15, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Helen: I will try to come to the reunion luncheon next year. I actually like being connected to members of the 1959 class. I find traveling more difficult as the years go bye. For example, I have traveled to the Monterey, CA jazz festival for about the last 18 or so years. But airline travel
is not as easy for me as it use to be.

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Jul 12, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Happy Birthday Jerry. Hope it's full of fun and surprises!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 11:04 AM

I will miss this years reunion. I will try to make next years reunion.

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Jul 12, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Happy Birthday Jerry. Hope it's full of fun, family...and surprises. We'll miss you in Monterey this fall. Amy

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Posted on: Apr 21, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Amy: Trust you and Harry are doing well in Monterey.

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Posted on: Sep 26, 2017 at 6:42 PM

Helen: Is the 1959 GHS class meeting on Saturday Nov. 4? I will be in Macomb for the
establishment of a WIU physics scholarship that I am setting up. Saturday might be a free
day and if the 1959 reunion group are meeting I will consider going otherwise I will meet with my
WIU room mate Robert Hatch and hopefully Dan and Mary Sullivan for lunch. Best regards, Jerry

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Posted on: Aug 17, 2017 at 7:38 AM

Helen: Happy belated birthday wish from Jerry.

Jul 12, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Wishing you a wonderful Birthday, Jerry. Full of fun and surprises....and, of course,........cake!

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Posted on: Apr 11, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Amy: Have a great birthday this coming Saturday.

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Posted on: Mar 21, 2017 at 8:02 AM

Dale: Trust you are doing well. I do not recognize the people in the picture so let us know who they are.

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Posted on: Jan 13, 2017 at 8:28 PM

Dorilee: You likely don't remember me but my family has some musical interest thai I will inform you of. My sone in-lay Jimmie played the keyboard or the Jerry Garcia Band in the late 1070's. He moved to Maryland where he meet and married my daughter Stephanie. He still play's keyboard for a few band in the Annapolis, Md area. I married Cynthia Schlifer from the class of 1960 and we have two children. I have no musical talent but I have been attending the Monterey CA Jazz festival for over 20 years and am a music lover. Best regards, Jerry

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Posted on: Jan 13, 2017 at 8:22 PM

Amy: I almost moved to Monterey but since my kids live in Maryland I decided to come back there. I like Maryland but still go to the Monterey Jazz every year. Maybe some year we can meet for lunch in Monterey. Best Regards, Jerry

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