Dr. Manfred A. ("Fred") Biondi, formerly of Monroeville, Pennsylvania and Panama City Beach, Florida, passed away at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, West Virginia on September 28, 2016. He was born in Carlstadt, New Jersey on March 5, 1924. Following his enlistment in the navy during WWII, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1944 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1949. From 1949 until 1960 he worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, first as a Research Physicist, then as Advisory Physicist, and in 1957 became manager of the Physics Department. In 1959 he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society. From 1960 to 1986 he was Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1972 to 1973 he was a visiting fellow at the National Bureau of Standards of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA). From 1976-1986, he served as an exchange professor at the University of Paris. In 1985-1988 he was a member of the Army Basic Research Steering Committee of the National Research Council, serving as its chairman in 1987 to 1988. He was noted for his development of innovative experimental techniques for observing the collision processes between electrons and ions, and was the author of numerous research publications. In 1984 he was awarded the prestigious Davisson-Germer Prize for his work.
In addition to his academic and research achievements, one of Fred's greatest passions was camping at the Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp, located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where he and his family members had been campers since the mid-1950s. At his request, his ashes will be interred at the camp during a Memorial Service which will be held there in August 2017.
Fred is survived by four children: Nancylee Friedlander of San Diego, California, William W. Jeannette and wife Sharon of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania, David Biondi and wife Holly of Charleston, West Virginia, and George Biondi and wife Debbie of Panama City Beach, Florida. He is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The family would like to thank everyone for their expressions of kindness, support and sympathy upon Fred's passing.
Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.