J. Richard Mowat was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to James Robert and Marjorie Evans Mowat. He was
raised in California, received his BA and PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley, and met and married Elisabeth (Lisa) Bradbury in 1963. Together they raised R. Allen (Alexis) and Christopher M. (Carolyn Rodgers) Mowat. After school, they moved back East, first to Concord, MA for his Post Doc in experimental physics at Brandeis University; then to Oak Ridge National Lab/U of Tenn, Knoxville to pursue his research and teaching; to New York City to teach at City College; and finally to Raleigh where he became a tenured professor at North Carolina State University in Physics. Except for an 18 month sabbatical in Stockholm, Sweden to do research, he continued to teach and do research at NCSU until he retired last winter. He was honored by the University in October with the Garrett Briggs Faculty Career Achievement Award citing his “many outstanding contributions over a period of many years...and significant innovations in teaching, research and outreach.”
Richard was committed to his family and science. He loved to be outdoors running, cycling and working in the yard; and he loved to eat. He treasured his friendships with the Road Scholars, Friends of Scandinavia and our longtime Gourmet Group. He fought melanoma for 12 months and held onto his high spirits to the end.
He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren – Jordan, Breanna, Bryce, Evie and Jack; 2 step-grandchildren (Julia, Nathan); brothers Michael (Janet Runbeck) & John (Denise), sister Maryann, numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or the NCSU Physics Department, PAMS, P.O. Box 8201, Raleigh 27695.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.