ALPERT, SEYMOUR SAMUEL Professor Seymour "Si" Samuel Alpert, 83, passed away on Tuesday March 11th in Albuquerque, New Mexico after complications from surgery. Seymour was born December 21, 1930 in Amsterdam, New York, the son of Irving and Anna Alpert. After graduating from Dorsey High in Los Angeles, Seymour enrolled in UCLA as a premed student. After his first year in medical school he decided to pursue physics and did one year ('53-'54) at UC Berkeley, before being drafted. He spent the next two years in the Army Medical Corps. Seymour returned to Berkeley and finished his Ph.D. in experimental physics. After doing post-doctoral work at Bell Labs and Columbia University, he joined UNM ('66), where he spent the rest of his career as a Professor and researcher. He is best known for his research on the physics of biological energy storage and balance. His research resulted in many publications related to a major problem in our country: obesity. Seymour was a man of broad interests and talents beyond physics. He was a pilot; sang in the chorus of amateur productions in Albuquerque; volunteered extensively in the community; taught a class in stained-glass; played tennis and worked out regularly, traveled the globe, participated in Scottish folk dancing, and played the piano. Seymour is survived by his two siblings, Alex Alpert and Bess Sewelson, his three children, Ethan and wife Jennifer, Joshua, Sarah and husband Rob, and his three grandchildren Aidan, Julia and Lily. A celebration of Seymour's life will take place on Sunday, April 13th from 3-6pm at the Balloon Fiesta Park; Fiesta on the Green. (9401 Balloon Museum Drive, NE) R.S.V.P. to Sarah (Alpert) Larson SarahLarson@Pacbell.net or 415-203-4475.
Published on: Sun March 23, 2014