This memorial website was set up by the friends and colleagues of Terrill A. Cool. We invite you to share your condolensces, stories and thoughts on the memory wall as a gift to his family.
It is with immense sadness that we announce that our dear friend and colleague Terry passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the age of 75. Terry was born on August 18, 1936 in Boulder, Colorado. Terry was working in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics of Cornell University since 1965. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and Optical Society of America and was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Combustion Institute. Throughout his 46-year scientific career, he authored more than 100 refereed publications with his graduate students, describing research on the discovery and development of atomic, molecular and chemical lasers; molecular energy transfer; laser spectroscopy; chemi-ionization in flames; laser-based combustion diagnostics; the application of REMPI spectroscopy to ultrasensitive detection of chlorinated hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon flame radicals; and the use of flame sampling photoionization mass spectrometry for kinetic modeling of the combustion of hydrocarbons, organophosphonates and chlorocarbons. The innovative contributions that Terry made to scientific community are far too numerous to list.
Terry's love of the outdoors was evident throughout his life. His trips to Oregon and Colorado always included hiking the mountains and enjoying the spectacular views. He chose to build his home on Cayuga Lake where he could admire the beauty of the lake each day. Terry's most cherished memories were those made while spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, three children, two step children, nine grandchildren.
Terry will be deeply missed and continuously remembered.