Robert James Moon, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, a scientific collaborator of imprisoned statesman Lyndon LaRouche, and a founding member of the Fusion Energy Foundation, died in Chicago on Nov. 1, 1989, at the age of 77. Dr. Moon, a great scientist and devout Episcopalian, is survived by three daughters and a son, and will be buried in his boyhood home town of Springfield, Missouri.
In the days before his death, Dr. Moon was busy collaborating with friends from the FEF, on plans to revitalize the foundation's work, following the Oct. 25 court ruling dismissing the government's 1987 involuntary bankruptcy of FEF.He had greeted the news of the reversal with characteristic joy: "Hallelujah, and Praise the Lord! Now let's get him [LaRouche] out " of prison.
Dr. Moon was a member of the Manhattan Project, and continued for five decades to work in frontier areas of nuclear science. In a 1985 interview in Fusion magazine, he told why he helped found FEF in November 1974.
"First, I wanted to bring before the public worldwide the fact that energy is a key ingredient in the well-being of any society and that we had to increase our energy resources in order to expand our populations. Second, energy from combustion had reached a state of equilibrium. ...Third, we wanted to encourage a greater exchange of ideas on advanced nuclear energy-fission and fusion-among those engaged in research in these fields. The fourth point, very important, is that we wanted to encourage new ideas and an understanding of phenomena on the frontiers of science, especially fusion energy and related processes."
Permission to reprint obituary from EIR (Executive Intelligence Review), Volume 16, Number 46, November 17, 1989; given by Editor Nancy Spannaus 9/24/2014 to Lisa Bailey (contributor #47478285)
Christine Monpleseurer Moon
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