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It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the sudden and untimely passing of Phil Jardine, one of our early group members, at the age of 54. Phil was my first graduate students and one of the first students I met after joining UD in 1979. Phil did a Degree with Distinction with me and was instrumental in initiating the group's research focus on kinetics of soil chemical processes. His senior thesis resulted in several published papers and presentations at professional meetings. I was fortunate to keep Phil for a M.S. Degree, and following it, he went to Virginia Tech where he conducted his doctoral research with Lucian Zelazny, my former doctoral advisor. He then joined Oak Ridge National Lab where he conducted pioneering research on transport modeling of contaminants, incorporating time dependent processes. Phil received many honors during his career including a Presidential Achievement Award from UD, Distinguished Alumni Award from UD, the M.L. And Chrystie Jackson Award for outstanding contributions in soil chemistry and mineralogy from SSSA, a Presidential Early Career Award fro Scientists and Engineers Award from the White House, and was named Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge. Phil left Oak Ridge several years ago and joined the University of Tennessee.

I have many fond memories of Phil. Ironically, last week he called me and we talked for over an hour. We talked about each other, our careers, and old times. It was strictly a personal conversation. Little did I know it would be our last visit. A great talent and personality is gone much too soon. Phil will be sorely missed.

Don Sparks

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