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Dr Louis J. Kijewski Jr.

March 20, 1936 ~ October 14, 2018 (age 82)

Dr. Louis Joseph Kijewski, Born on March 20, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA to a baker and a homemaker, Louis moved to Moorestown, NJ in his early 20s. While going to LaSalle University, he worked as a junior draftsman to pay for his tuition. He was later employed as a researcher at RCA, where he authored several scientific papers. During this time, he studied under Nobel Prize Winner, T.D. Lee, while pursuing his Master’s at Columbia University. He then received his PhD in Physics from New York University in 1967. After completing his academic studies, Dr. Kijewski relocated to Monmouth County, NJ, where he began a job as a professor at (then) Monmouth College. There he taught physics, astronomy and oceanography for over 40 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the American Physical Society, served as an editor for the Journal of Chemical Education and encouraged countless students to pursue graduate studies in the sciences as close by as Monmouth and Rutgers and as far away as the Scripps Institute in San Diego. Lou loved meeting his students at the college in the evening to look into space through his giant telescope. He was a lover of all genres of music and always knew the latest pop songs. He also enjoyed walking on the boardwalk and soaking in the beach air. Dr. Kijewski was always reading one of his many science books and was on the forefront when personal computers took off, teaching his daughter to program on his TI-99/4A. He loved to learn and never stopped — still reading Einstein’s papers in his last days. But nothing made him happier than spending time with his four grandchildren. He especially loved to build train sets and legos with them and, of course, teach them math. Those who knew him well will never forget his holiday greeting of “Merry Tron-mas.” He will be missed very much. Dr. Kijewski was predeceased by his parents, Ludwig and Argery Kijewski. He is survived by his daughter, Kerry Baker, her husband William, and his four grandchildren: Lauren, William, Colin and Deirdre. He is also survived by his brother Richard Kijewski and wife, Anetha, his brother, Robert Kijewski and wife, Bonnie, as well as nephews and nieces: Richard Kijewski, Suzanne Cutts, Joan Mason, Robert Kijewski and Michael Kijewski and their spouses and children.

Family and friends may visit Friday, 6-8pm and Saturday, 9-10am at the Braun Funeral Home, 106 Broad Street, Eatontown. Funeral Service will commence Saturday, 10:00am at the funeral home, followed by burial at St. Catharine Cemetery in Sea Girt.

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