The faculty adopted a memorial resolution honoring Winfield Keck, Metzgar Professor Emeritus of Physics, on Dec. 3.
A member of the faculty for 34 years, Keck died July 20. He came to Lafayette in 1949 as assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor three years later, and to full professor in 1961. He was named Metzgar Professor in 1975. He served 22 years as head of the physics department, 10 years as clerk of the faculty, and served on many committees including chair of Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure.
His research concerned the theoretical study of the propagation of acoustic waves of finite amplitude in fluids. He taught a wide range of courses, with special interest in electric fields and electromagnetic waves.
Keck, who retired in 1983, received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and service in 1971. He earned a master’s in mathematics from Penn and Ph.D. in physics from Brown University.