Paul Edward Wack died Nov. 19. He was 94.
Mr. Wack was born April 28, 1919, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He earned a degree in mathematics, physics and philosophy at the Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics at the University of Notre Dame in 1942 and 1947, serving as an instructor in physics there from 1944-‘45. After returning to Creighton to chair the physics department from 1947-‘49, he moved to Portland to join the physics department at the University of Portland in 1949. His various duties included serving as chair of the Department of Physical and Life Sciences from 1966-‘73, membership on the Academic Senate from 1978-‘83 and chairing the Rank and Tenure Committee from 1977-‘79. He retired officially in 1986, but continued to teach until 1999, making him the longest-serving active faculty member in University of Portland history.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen, in 2009; and his eldest son Paul, in 2010. He is survived by son, Edwin Wack; daughters, Mary Brandenburg and Ellen Wack; five grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth Doyle.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Holy Cross Church. A reception in the parish hall will follow the service.