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Jan Roalsvig, 89, retired UB physics professor

March 23, 1928 – Aug. 16, 2017

Jan Per Roalsvig, of Clarence, retired associate professor of physics at the University at Buffalo, died last Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 89.

Born in Stavanger, Norway, he majored in mathematics, chemistry and physics at University of Oslo and received his bachelor’s degree in 1952.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Norwegian Institute of Pedagogics and went on to complete a master’s degree in physics at University of Oslo in 1955 and a doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, where he also was a research assistant.

After teaching at St. John’s University in Queens, Dr. Roalsvig came to UB as an assistant professor in 1962. He became an associate professor in 1967 and retired in 1996.

For several summers, he served as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Maryland. He also was a visiting research professor in Sweden and at the University of British Columbia.

His research focused on photo-nuclear reactions, neutron-capture X-rays, decay of hyperfragments and Gamma-ray spectroscopy.

He was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst and was a UUP delegate and statewide representative.

An avid cross-country and downhill skier, he was a member of the Schussmeisters Ski Club. He also was a mountain hiker, duplicate bridge player and world traveler.

He maintained a summer home in the Adirondacks and was a member of the Adirondack Conservancy.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Myrth Huss-Dahl; a daughter, Kristin Kozlowski; four sons, Knut, Per, Paul and Thor; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St., Amherst.

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