In memoriam: Kevin Rolland-Thompson

Kevin Rolland-Thompson, group director of research and development in optics at Synopsys, Inc., and Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, died on 19 November. He had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

Kevin Thompson with wife, Jannick Rolland
Kevin Thompson with wife, Jannick Rolland

Highly respected for his work as well as his dedication to advancing the field and mentoring students and young professionals, Dr. Thompson’s most recent work had been primarily in advanced technology programs with DARPA. At the university, he worked with a group led by his wife, Professor Jannick Rolland-Thompson, in advancing nodal aberration theory (NAT), a complete aberration theory for imaging optical systems that applies to rotationally nonsymmetrical optical systems.

Dr. Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson
Oct. 5, 1954 – Nov. 20, 2015

Celebration of Life Service:

Saturday, December 5 at 2 PM
Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church
97 W. Bayard Street
Seneca Falls, 13148

Friends and family will gathering following the service at approximately 3:30 PM at the home of Steve and Betsy Fantone:

The Pumphouse
2161 Lake Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

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