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Manfred Raether

January 22, 1927 -
March 26, 2019

University of Illinois Professor emeritus Manfred Raether, age 92, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born January 22, 1927 in Stettin, Germany (now Poland), as son of Otto and Charlotte (Fietzke) Raether. His is survived by his loving wife Lore Raether, who he married in 1956. Surviving …read more

University of Illinois Professor emeritus Manfred Raether, age 92, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born January 22, 1927 in Stettin, Germany (now Poland), as son of Otto and Charlotte (Fietzke) Raether. His is survived by his loving wife Lore Raether, who he married in 1956. Surviving are also two sons, Gerard Raether (Jennifer Field) of Santa Monica, CA, and Helmut Raether (Mary Lou) of Shorewood, IL, as well as two grandchildren, Kirsten Raether and Jason Raether.

He grew up in Düsseldorf, where he received his high school education. In 1944, he was drafted into the Anti-Aircraft Branch of the German Air Force.

In 1949, he entered the University of Bonn, Germany, where he received a Diplom degree in physics and in 1957, a PhD degree in nuclear physics under Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Paul. In 1958, he was recruited by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, to work on advanced propulsion systems under Wernher von Braun. In 1959, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor of Physics to start a program in experimental plasma physics. His research centered around beam plasma instabilities, ion-acoustic instabilities, nonlinear effects and turbulence. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1961 and to Professor in 1967. In 1968-1969 he spent a sabbatical at the Institute of Plasma Physics in Nagoya, Japan. In the summers of 1977 and 1978, he served as a consultant to the University of Tabriz in Iran. From 1980, until his retirement in 1992, he served as Associate Head of the Physics Department at the University of Illinois. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the American Philatelic Society.

After his retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively in Western Europe, enjoyed numerous cruises, and spent a great deal of time in their favorite city, Vienna, Austria. His hobbies included stamp collecting, oil painting, Japanese Gardening, and learning foreign languages. He loved fine dining and was himself an excellent cook.

It is the wish of the deceased that there will be no celebration of life or equivalent, but there will be a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity.

Condolences may be made at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 02:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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