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Celebrating the life of
Marjorie Corcoran
July 21, 1950 - February 03, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 2:00pm - Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 3:00pm - Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Chris, I just today read the note regarding this tragedy. My sincere condolences regarding your loss. I never had the opportunity to personally meet Marj, and I can only imagine the impact on you and your family. I wish the best to you as you move forward though this difficult time.

Don Spillman, Cypress, Tx

I have been very saddened to hear about the loss of Marj. As a colleague at D0, Marj had always been impressively friendly, calm, and positive. An example for all of us. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences, also on behalf of the Saclay's (France) group of the D0 collaboration.

Boris Tuchming, Saclay, France

Chris, Shocked to hear this sad news. I grieve with you and your family. We have spoken about her when my daughter went to RIce. This is a difficult journey and am at a loss of words to express my sorrow. Take care Madhu

Madhu Kohli, New Orleans, Louisiana

Chris, This tragedy, and reading about your 44 married years and your lives together touched me deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you and the whole family, Bastian

Bastian Blonk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

Chris, I find this all so tragic in so many ways that I have difficulty accepting the reality. That said, I am glad that you had all the years together that you did, the memories of them now, I wish you all the best in summoning the courage and strength required to move forward.

James D Clippard, W UNIV PL, TX

My sincere condolences to Marj's family, also on behalf of the Dzero colleagues at the University of Manchester. Marj was a respected colleague and an outstanding physicist. She was such a nice person; being on a long shift on the experiment was much more fun and interesting when Marj was around. We will miss her.

Stefan Soldner-Rembold, Manchester, UK

My sincere condolences to Marj's family. I had the great fortune of having Marj as my advisor at Rice and it is difficult to put into words the great impact she had on my research, my career, and my life. I will always remember and continue to be inspired by her positive attitude and passion for science.

Michael Cooke, Rockville, MD

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May the peace and strength of your life help you as you deal with this tragedy.

AJ Cozzens, Houston, TX

This is too sad! I owe Marjorie a great debt of gratitude for her contributions to my thesis experiment and data analysis. I will always treasure her memory as a colleague and dear friend. Her passing is an enormous loss to the Rice community. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

William Madigan, Houston, TX

Dear Chris, and family, We were very shocked hearing about the tragic loss of Marj. You all are in our prayers, and may you find strength in these difficult days, Our sincere condolences. Jan & Ivonne Douma

Jan & Ivonne Douma, Houston, TX

Dear family of Marj Corcoran, As long-time Rice colleagues of Marj, we were devastated by the news of her untimely death last Friday. She was the perfect colleague: very smart, highly accomplished in her profession, and yet very kind and generous with her time, an inspiring educator and mentor for generations of students at Rice and elsewhere. She tirelessly mentored junior Rice faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, including her recent co-sponsorship of a regional conference for undergraduate women in physics, and area high-school physics teachers. She had agreed this year to lead the physics camp for diverse area high-school students. By all accounts, her family life was just as important to her as her professional life, and she excelled in both areas. We will miss her smiling presence in the hallways at Rice, her wise counsel in faculty meetings, and her penetrating but gentle questions in colloquia. We wish you strength and fond memories as you face the very difficult task of recovering from this tragedy. Sincerely, Patricia Reiff, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice Tom Hill, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at Rice

Tom Hill and Patricia Reiff, Houston, TX

My deepest sympathies. Marj was an amazing colleague. I felt tremendously fortunate that she was the department Chair when I arrived at Rice as a junior faculty member. She was always enthusiastic, about all things big and small. Over the years, she had always been eager to tell me about what’s the latest excitement in her field of high energy physics and, likewise, always been curious about what’s new in my field of condensed matter physics. I don't know how I will ever be able to come to terms with this loss. I can only take comfort in the joy of having had her as a colleague for so many years.

Qimiao Si, Houston, TX

Dear Chris, Very sad and shocking news. You and your family had deserved a much better time in your retirement life. I wish you all much strength to bear with this loss.

Erik Kleiss, Leiden, NL

Dear Chris, Your prospect of a good period of life, after retirement and with your wife and family, has abruptly broken. It is very sad hearing this. I wish you all possible strength to bear this loss, and sincerely hope that you will find the courage to overcome.

Peter Bakker, Netherlands, NL

Chris, I have been shocked by this tragic news and how life can go, like this. I wish you and your family, much strength and courage to surmount the pain of your loss.

Alexandre Stopin, Netherlands, NL

Chris Such shocking and tragic news. Theresa and I have both you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for the strength you and your family will need to heal from such an unimaginable loss.

Paul and Theresa Milcik, Fulshear, TX

Chris: We are thinking of you and your family. My last correspondence with Marj was to issue an invitation to be a member of the University of Wisconsin Physics Department Board of Visitors, which is an honorary board that advises the UW Physics faculty. My nomination of Marj and the subsequent invitation by the Board show everyone's high regard for her. She leaves a remarkable legacy and she will be greatly missed.

Tom and Nancy Holley, Port Washington, WI

She is a model for younger generations both as a nice person and great physicist.

Wei Shi, Houston, TX

To the Family. SO sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Marjorie has the prospect of being resurrected (in the flesh) to Paradise Earth as God has promised. The vast majority will have everlasting life here on earth. God's Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14,15 and Revelation 21:2-4

DW, Houston, Texas

Marj was a remarkable woman with strength, warmth, and genuine care for all she met. It was a great privilege to have known Marj personally. She inspires me to this day in the way she humbly and powerfully moved through the world and the lives of so many, leaving behind a positive effect on all she knew. It is with a very heavy heart and the warmest of wishes that my family and I send our condolences, thoughts, and love.

Mayan Castro and Family, Irvine, CA

I was lucky enough to take two classes from Prof. Corcoran as an undergraduate at Rice (class of '04). She was so kind to me, a shy and anxious student, and encouraged me to continue on in physics. I admired her greatly, and will continue to be inspired by her example. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Katie Mayer, San Antonio, TX

Professor Corcoran was a wonderful teacher and mentor. I had the privilege of taking several classes from her and she was always enthusiastic and patient with her students. My condolences to her family.

Michael Eastwood, Pasadena, CA

I uploaded a photo taken with Marj at Fermi Lab this past July. She was a huge inspiration to all the Quarknet teachers. We love her so much and will miss her dearly. I will miss her happy go lucky attitude and spryness. Even 20 yrs my senior; she was hard to keep up with in every activity. I had an opportunity to bring one of my student to Quarknet this past June and Marj took an extra special interest in him. She wrote an awesome recommendation and he got a full ride to college. I can't express how sorry I am for your loss, but know that MANY people ache with you because of the awesome legacy she left.

Mary K Yarbray, Spring, Tx

Dear Chris, I pray for faith and strength for you and your family to bear this enormous pain. We have lost a woman of great character who inspired everyone she met by her fascination with the order and beauty in the universe. I thank God for her life and that I knew her.

Nancy Cashiola, Houston, TX

Marj was a warm and caring person. I truly enjoyed working with her in Quarknet: She was supportive, enthusiastic and a great mentor. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Daniel Friedman, Houston, TX

Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you and your family as you have to cope with this devastating loss.

Roden, Sugar Land, Tx

Dear Chris, I am so sorry to hear this. I offer you my sincerity condolences. I wish you strength to cope with this terrible loss.

Rob Eppenga , Rijswijk, Netherlands

Chris, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Alyce

Alyce Meyers, New Orleans , LA

My deepest condolences to your family. Marj was an amazing woman, and a marvelous colleague. I've worked with her on Mu2e for the last few years, and she was always upbeat and interested in everything you were doing, no matter how technical or mundane. She will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues.

Kevin Lynch, New York, NY

Our deepest condolence to her family. In her life, she accomplished so much. We admire her very much.

Nader and Chizuko Dutta, Houston, Texas

Like all who knew her, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of our dear colleague Marjorie. It was my good fortune to work with her since 1985. She will be missed by so many in the Rice community and beyond. Margo and I send our deepest condolences to Chris and her family.

Bill Bonner, Houston, TX

I am very sorry for your loss. May the good memories of her help you during this very difficult time. Marj was wonderful to work with and an amazing professor with a great heart. She always had a smile! She will be missed dearly.

Rosa Almendarez, Houston, TX

Marj was my thesis advisor, an indefatigable teacher and extraordinary physicist. My life would have been so different without her. I am shocked and saddened and distressed by her loss, and my very best thoughts are for her family.

Greg Morrow, Houston, TX

I'm very sorry for your loss. Marj was simply the best colleague anyone could ask for. She was a pillar of the department and the university, her depth of care about students was amazing, and she always had a kind word. She will be missed on every level.

Douglas Natelson, Houston, TX

Condolences to the family. If we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God (Psalms 83:18) will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus. 1 Th 4:14

PW, Houston, TX

Dear Chris, I was shocked to hear of Marjorie's passing and offer you and your family my sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you and I hope you find the strength to bear the terrible loss.

Hans Potters, Doorn, Netherlands

Dear Chris, I was shocked and very saddened by the untimely and tragic passing of Marj. As you know, I had met her even before I met you, when she hired me to teach at Rice. Later she was instrumental in getting me to Shell, where I met you. I can very much relate to the sentiments expressed in her obituary. I taughted physics with her, and I am certain that she would want everyone to be a scientist. I also remember fondly the times when I ran into the two of you on your bikes along Braes Bayou, with Marj encouraging me to do my best. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Jorge Lopez, Bellaire, TX

Our sincere condolences to Marj family. We will always remember her as a very positive and nice colleague, an excellent physicist and a great mentor for students and postdocs. It is a terrible shock to all of us.

Arnaud (for the CPPM group), Marseille, France

Dear Chris, I just heard the tragic news, this must be so hard for you. Please know my thoughts are with you. With deepest sympathy, Wim.

Wim Walk, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Dear Jim, The unimaginable that still happens. What a terrible shock. I wish you and your children all the strength to survive this terrible loss. Cordially, Diederik

diederik van daalen, amsterdam, netherlands

Condolences on the loss of such a wonderful lady and friend. I will always remember her warmth, smile and laughter that radiated from her soul. Her death was a shocking tragedy.

David DeMartini, Houston, Texas

I was very sad and shocked to learn of Marj’s untimely death. Marj was a very special person to everyone who knew her. I knew Marj mainly through teaching, and was always impressed with her infectious enthusiasm for physics, and her deep concern for her students. And she was one of those people that just brightened up your day! It’s such a shame that she won’t be here anymore, but I feel lucky to have had such a wonderful colleague. My heartfelt condolences to Marj’s family.

Jim Hannon, Houston, TX

We are shocked and saddened to learn of Marj's tragic accident. I first knew her as a QuarkNet mentor. She was a wonderful person and very dedicated to the teachers. We always considered her one of our best. She was an excellent role model for young girls and for women physics teachers too. She will be sorely missed. We send our condolences to her family.

Marge Bardeen, Warrenville, IL

Was always impressed by her brilliance, her insight and her kindness but it is her great laugh and sense of humor that I will remember most.

David Alexander, Houston, TX

I am shocked and deeply saddened by Marj's sudden passing. She was an amazing physicist, a gifted teacher, and a wonderful person. I am so grateful have had the opportunity to learn from her and to work with her on my senior thesis during my undergraduate studies at Rice University; her mentorship meant a lot to me. I know she will be missed by many friends and colleagues at Rice and in the particle physics community. I send my sincerest condolences to her family.

Lauren Yates, Cambridge, MA

We share your sorrow and wish you to recover for her soon. Bella and Yoram Shoham

Yoram Shoham, 4413 Effie Street, Bellaire , Texas

My sincere condolences to Marj's family. I was fortunate to work with Marj on this year's Modern Physics lecture for Rice Undergraduates. I will remember her as a wonderful, energetic, and enthusiastic colleague with a great sense of humor and a genuine passion for teaching young minds.

Volker Schweikhard, Houston, TX

Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of your wife Marjorie. I offer you and your family my thoughts and prayers during this dark time in your life.

Cees Corsten, Assen, Netherlands

I am so very sorry for the loss of Marj, her whole family is in my thought.

Luciano Elementi, Naperville, IL

I was very sorry to hear the news, my sincere condolences to the family.

Chris Willacy, London, UK

I was fortunate to have been a colleague of Marj's for nearly 30 years. Her enthusiasm for everything she did was infectious and greatly appreciated. I will miss her immensely, but I am very grateful to have known and worked with her. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Randy Hulet, Houston, TX

My Sincerest Sympathies. She Will Be Missed In The Bonner Lab.

Pamuela Reynolds, Houston , TX

I am completely shocked and saddened by Marj's sudden passing. Although it has been a number of years since we worked together in the Physics & Astronomy Department, I remember those times fondly. Her infectious smile was always warm and welcoming and she treated everyone - faculty, staff, and students, with the utmost respect. My deepest condolences to all her family, friends, and colleagues.

Bridgitt, Houston , TX

It was such a pleasure to serve with her as a colleague in new faculty search committee. She is always energetic and open about her opinion of the candidates. She is such a gifted scientist and teacher, and her judgement of the candidates is always spot on. We will miss her profoundly. Sincerely Pengcheng Dai Houston, Texas

Pengcheng Dai, Houston, TX

We are profoundly saddened by the loss that your family is experiencing. We extend our deepest sympathies for the loss of our friend and colleague.

Herman White, Batavia, IL

Marj was a gifted researcher and mentor in the Fermilab community who was just as comfortable with a wrench, analyzing data, writing incisive scientific papers and mentoring the next generation of researchers. Marj leaves an enduring mark in the scientific journals, her many students and on the hearts of us in the Fermilab community. Marj's charm, excellence and tenacity will be sorely missed, our deep condolences to family and friends.

Bob Tschirhart , Fermilab , Il

Back in 1993 Nancy was a summer program coordinator and Marj was most generous with her time and talents as a very captivating guest speaker for Houston PREP. This is a pre-engineering program offered at the University of Houston-Downtown as part of a nationwide outreach to high school students with a special mandate to include girls and underserved minorities. She has always been a dedicated scientist and teacher. It is good to see the recent accolades that she so deserved. On a more personal note, she has been a wonderful influence in our lives and that of our daughter. With heartfelt sympathy, Drs. Jacques and Nancy Leveille, and Dr. Nickie Leveille Buchanan

Nancy and Jacques Leveille, Houston, TX

I worked with Marj on the Mu2e project for the past 7 years. Marj was a wonderful colleague, having great technical and people skills, common sense, and a great sense of humor. It will be impossible to replace her.

David Brown, Berkeley, CA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We share your sorrow and grief. Our condolences to you and your family. Vijay and Florence

Vijay and Florence Arya, Bellaire , TX

Acclaimed scientist, dedicated teacher, loving mother, beloved wife – Professor Marjorie (Blasius) Corcoran died in a bicycle-train accident February 3, 2017. She had been a member of the faculty at Rice University for over 35 years in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. During her time at Rice she took on many roles, serving as the first Speaker of the Rice Faculty Senate and Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department, but what she enjoyed most was explaining the physical world we live in to her students. She was proud to be a role model for young women physicists and insisted on teaching undergraduates so she could influence their career choices. She also worked outside the classroom to encourage women to pursue science, and just last month co-organized a conference for undergraduate women in physics sponsored by the American Physical Society. She believed that all children are born scientists but we fail to nurture this natural talent by making science and math classes boring. To counter that, she worked with high school physics teachers during summers to show them the exciting parts of physics that they could take back to their classrooms. She would want everyone to know that conservation of momentum works, and when a train and bicycle collide, the train always wins.
Marjorie was born July 21, 1950 in Dayton Ohio to Margaret and Theodore Blasius, and is survived by her husband of 44 years Chris, daughter Colleen, son-in-law Stephen Villavaso, and expected granddaughter (who Marj nicknamed Livie) in Los Angeles, son Craig and his fiancé Betny Townsend in Austin, son Conner in Houston, brother Dave and his family in Dayton, and brother Don in Colorado Springs, as well as many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Marjorie received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Dayton where she met her future husband Chris. She received her PhD from Indiana University under the direction of Professor Homer Neal and was a research associate at the University of Wisconsin prior to coming to Rice. She was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served on its executive committee for the Division of Particles and Fields. A few years ago she received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the University of Wisconsin, and more recently she had been APS Women Physicist of the Month. Most of her research in particle physics involved experiments conducted at Fermi National Accelerator Lab outside of Chicago – she was smart enough to find an area of research that took her out of Houston in July and August.
Outside the world of physics (she would consider that phrase an oxymoron) she enjoyed spending her spare time in Colorado hiking, skiing, and watching the stars and meteors from the hot-tub. Marj loved the outdoors, and it is comforting to her family that over the past few years they had the opportunity to spend some wonderful holidays together in the mountains. She also enjoyed being outside in Houston – her daily bike ride to work, biking with her husband along Braes Bayou to see the bald eagle, running with grand-dog Tobi through the park, and on an occasional sunny day driving around in her little red Miata with the top down. Marjorie left us on a cool, clear day in Houston, biking to work through the community that she loved. She departed this world much earlier than anyone anticipated but she left behind three wonderful children and many students who will take inspiration from, not only her wisdom and insight, but also the way she led her life.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Marjorie during a visitation to be held from two o’clock until four o’clock in the afternoon with a service beginning at three on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Bradshaw-Carter Home in Houston. In lieu of customary remembrances may be directed to Save the Children, or the charity of your choice.

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Chris, I just today read the note regarding this tragedy. My sincere condolences regarding your loss. I never had the opportunity to personally meet Marj, and I can only imagine the impact on you and your family. I wish the best to you as you move forward though this difficult time.

Don Spillman, Cypress, Tx

I have been very saddened to hear about the loss of Marj. As a colleague at D0, Marj had always been impressively friendly, calm, and positive. An example for all of us. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences, also on behalf of the Saclay's (France) group of the D0 collaboration.

Boris Tuchming, Saclay, France

Chris, Shocked to hear this sad news. I grieve with you and your family. We have spoken about her when my daughter went to RIce. This is a difficult journey and am at a loss of words to express my sorrow. Take care Madhu

Madhu Kohli, New Orleans, Louisiana

Candle tribute lit by Ivan Heredia — Illinois

Candle tribute lit by Vern Huang — Texas

Chris, This tragedy, and reading about your 44 married years and your lives together touched me deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you and the whole family, Bastian

Bastian Blonk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

Candle tribute lit by Qianxia Wang — Texas

Chris, I find this all so tragic in so many ways that I have difficulty accepting the reality. That said, I am glad that you had all the years together that you did, the memories of them now, I wish you all the best in summoning the courage and strength required to move forward.

James D Clippard, W UNIV PL, TX

Candle tribute lit by Jose Andres — Illinois

My sincere condolences to Marj's family, also on behalf of the Dzero colleagues at the University of Manchester. Marj was a respected colleague and an outstanding physicist. She was such a nice person; being on a long shift on the experiment was much more fun and interesting when Marj was around. We will miss her.

Stefan Soldner-Rembold, Manchester, UK

My sincere condolences to Marj's family. I had the great fortune of having Marj as my advisor at Rice and it is difficult to put into words the great impact she had on my research, my career, and my life. I will always remember and continue to be inspired by her positive attitude and passion for science.

Michael Cooke, Rockville, MD

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May the peace and strength of your life help you as you deal with this tragedy.

AJ Cozzens, Houston, TX

This is too sad! I owe Marjorie a great debt of gratitude for her contributions to my thesis experiment and data analysis. I will always treasure her memory as a colleague and dear friend. Her passing is an enormous loss to the Rice community. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

William Madigan, Houston, TX

Dear Chris, and family, We were very shocked hearing about the tragic loss of Marj. You all are in our prayers, and may you find strength in these difficult days, Our sincere condolences. Jan & Ivonne Douma

Jan & Ivonne Douma, Houston, TX

Dear family of Marj Corcoran, As long-time Rice colleagues of Marj, we were devastated by the news of her untimely death last Friday. She was the perfect colleague: very smart, highly accomplished in her profession, and yet very kind and generous with her time, an inspiring educator and mentor for generations of students at Rice and elsewhere. She tirelessly mentored junior Rice faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, including her recent co-sponsorship of a regional conference for undergraduate women in physics, and area high-school physics teachers. She had agreed this year to lead the physics camp for diverse area high-school students. By all accounts, her family life was just as important to her as her professional life, and she excelled in both areas. We will miss her smiling presence in the hallways at Rice, her wise counsel in faculty meetings, and her penetrating but gentle questions in colloquia. We wish you strength and fond memories as you face the very difficult task of recovering from this tragedy. Sincerely, Patricia Reiff, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice Tom Hill, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at Rice

Tom Hill and Patricia Reiff, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Tingting Chang — Texas

My deepest sympathies. Marj was an amazing colleague. I felt tremendously fortunate that she was the department Chair when I arrived at Rice as a junior faculty member. She was always enthusiastic, about all things big and small. Over the years, she had always been eager to tell me about what’s the latest excitement in her field of high energy physics and, likewise, always been curious about what’s new in my field of condensed matter physics. I don't know how I will ever be able to come to terms with this loss. I can only take comfort in the joy of having had her as a colleague for so many years.

Qimiao Si, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Jay and Suzy Roberts — Texas

Dear Chris, Very sad and shocking news. You and your family had deserved a much better time in your retirement life. I wish you all much strength to bear with this loss.

Erik Kleiss, Leiden, NL

Dear Chris, Your prospect of a good period of life, after retirement and with your wife and family, has abruptly broken. It is very sad hearing this. I wish you all possible strength to bear this loss, and sincerely hope that you will find the courage to overcome.

Peter Bakker, Netherlands, NL

Chris, I have been shocked by this tragic news and how life can go, like this. I wish you and your family, much strength and courage to surmount the pain of your loss.

Alexandre Stopin, Netherlands, NL

Chris Such shocking and tragic news. Theresa and I have both you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for the strength you and your family will need to heal from such an unimaginable loss.

Paul and Theresa Milcik, Fulshear, TX

Chris: We are thinking of you and your family. My last correspondence with Marj was to issue an invitation to be a member of the University of Wisconsin Physics Department Board of Visitors, which is an honorary board that advises the UW Physics faculty. My nomination of Marj and the subsequent invitation by the Board show everyone's high regard for her. She leaves a remarkable legacy and she will be greatly missed.

Tom and Nancy Holley, Port Washington, WI

She is a model for younger generations both as a nice person and great physicist.

Wei Shi, Houston, TX

To the Family. SO sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Marjorie has the prospect of being resurrected (in the flesh) to Paradise Earth as God has promised. The vast majority will have everlasting life here on earth. God's Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14,15 and Revelation 21:2-4

DW, Houston, Texas

Marj was a remarkable woman with strength, warmth, and genuine care for all she met. It was a great privilege to have known Marj personally. She inspires me to this day in the way she humbly and powerfully moved through the world and the lives of so many, leaving behind a positive effect on all she knew. It is with a very heavy heart and the warmest of wishes that my family and I send our condolences, thoughts, and love.

Mayan Castro and Family, Irvine, CA

I was lucky enough to take two classes from Prof. Corcoran as an undergraduate at Rice (class of '04). She was so kind to me, a shy and anxious student, and encouraged me to continue on in physics. I admired her greatly, and will continue to be inspired by her example. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Katie Mayer, San Antonio, TX

Professor Corcoran was a wonderful teacher and mentor. I had the privilege of taking several classes from her and she was always enthusiastic and patient with her students. My condolences to her family.

Michael Eastwood, Pasadena, CA

I uploaded a photo taken with Marj at Fermi Lab this past July. She was a huge inspiration to all the Quarknet teachers. We love her so much and will miss her dearly. I will miss her happy go lucky attitude and spryness. Even 20 yrs my senior; she was hard to keep up with in every activity. I had an opportunity to bring one of my student to Quarknet this past June and Marj took an extra special interest in him. She wrote an awesome recommendation and he got a full ride to college. I can't express how sorry I am for your loss, but know that MANY people ache with you because of the awesome legacy she left.

Mary K Yarbray, Spring, Tx

Dear Chris, I pray for faith and strength for you and your family to bear this enormous pain. We have lost a woman of great character who inspired everyone she met by her fascination with the order and beauty in the universe. I thank God for her life and that I knew her.

Nancy Cashiola, Houston, TX

Marj was a warm and caring person. I truly enjoyed working with her in Quarknet: She was supportive, enthusiastic and a great mentor. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Daniel Friedman, Houston, TX

Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you and your family as you have to cope with this devastating loss.

Roden, Sugar Land, Tx

Dear Chris, I am so sorry to hear this. I offer you my sincerity condolences. I wish you strength to cope with this terrible loss.

Rob Eppenga , Rijswijk, Netherlands

Chris, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Alyce

Alyce Meyers, New Orleans , LA

My deepest condolences to your family. Marj was an amazing woman, and a marvelous colleague. I've worked with her on Mu2e for the last few years, and she was always upbeat and interested in everything you were doing, no matter how technical or mundane. She will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues.

Kevin Lynch, New York, NY

Our deepest condolence to her family. In her life, she accomplished so much. We admire her very much.

Nader and Chizuko Dutta, Houston, Texas

Like all who knew her, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of our dear colleague Marjorie. It was my good fortune to work with her since 1985. She will be missed by so many in the Rice community and beyond. Margo and I send our deepest condolences to Chris and her family.

Bill Bonner, Houston, TX

I am very sorry for your loss. May the good memories of her help you during this very difficult time. Marj was wonderful to work with and an amazing professor with a great heart. She always had a smile! She will be missed dearly.

Rosa Almendarez, Houston, TX

Marj was my thesis advisor, an indefatigable teacher and extraordinary physicist. My life would have been so different without her. I am shocked and saddened and distressed by her loss, and my very best thoughts are for her family.

Greg Morrow, Houston, TX

I'm very sorry for your loss. Marj was simply the best colleague anyone could ask for. She was a pillar of the department and the university, her depth of care about students was amazing, and she always had a kind word. She will be missed on every level.

Douglas Natelson, Houston, TX

Condolences to the family. If we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God (Psalms 83:18) will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus. 1 Th 4:14

PW, Houston, TX

Dear Chris, I was shocked to hear of Marjorie's passing and offer you and your family my sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you and I hope you find the strength to bear the terrible loss.

Hans Potters, Doorn, Netherlands

Candle tribute lit by Jorge Lopez — Texas

Dear Chris, I was shocked and very saddened by the untimely and tragic passing of Marj. As you know, I had met her even before I met you, when she hired me to teach at Rice. Later she was instrumental in getting me to Shell, where I met you. I can very much relate to the sentiments expressed in her obituary. I taughted physics with her, and I am certain that she would want everyone to be a scientist. I also remember fondly the times when I ran into the two of you on your bikes along Braes Bayou, with Marj encouraging me to do my best. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Jorge Lopez, Bellaire, TX

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Our sincere condolences to Marj family. We will always remember her as a very positive and nice colleague, an excellent physicist and a great mentor for students and postdocs. It is a terrible shock to all of us.

Arnaud (for the CPPM group), Marseille, France

Dear Chris, I just heard the tragic news, this must be so hard for you. Please know my thoughts are with you. With deepest sympathy, Wim.

Wim Walk, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Dear Jim, The unimaginable that still happens. What a terrible shock. I wish you and your children all the strength to survive this terrible loss. Cordially, Diederik

diederik van daalen, amsterdam, netherlands

Condolences on the loss of such a wonderful lady and friend. I will always remember her warmth, smile and laughter that radiated from her soul. Her death was a shocking tragedy.

David DeMartini, Houston, Texas

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Candle tribute lit by Han Han — Texas

I was very sad and shocked to learn of Marj’s untimely death. Marj was a very special person to everyone who knew her. I knew Marj mainly through teaching, and was always impressed with her infectious enthusiasm for physics, and her deep concern for her students. And she was one of those people that just brightened up your day! It’s such a shame that she won’t be here anymore, but I feel lucky to have had such a wonderful colleague. My heartfelt condolences to Marj’s family.

Jim Hannon, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Debra Kolah — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Debra Kolah — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Joseph Haley — Oklahoma

We are shocked and saddened to learn of Marj's tragic accident. I first knew her as a QuarkNet mentor. She was a wonderful person and very dedicated to the teachers. We always considered her one of our best. She was an excellent role model for young girls and for women physics teachers too. She will be sorely missed. We send our condolences to her family.

Marge Bardeen, Warrenville, IL

Was always impressed by her brilliance, her insight and her kindness but it is her great laugh and sense of humor that I will remember most.

David Alexander, Houston, TX

I am shocked and deeply saddened by Marj's sudden passing. She was an amazing physicist, a gifted teacher, and a wonderful person. I am so grateful have had the opportunity to learn from her and to work with her on my senior thesis during my undergraduate studies at Rice University; her mentorship meant a lot to me. I know she will be missed by many friends and colleagues at Rice and in the particle physics community. I send my sincerest condolences to her family.

Lauren Yates, Cambridge, MA

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We share your sorrow and wish you to recover for her soon. Bella and Yoram Shoham

Yoram Shoham, 4413 Effie Street, Bellaire , Texas

Candle tribute lit by Qin Cao — Texas

My sincere condolences to Marj's family. I was fortunate to work with Marj on this year's Modern Physics lecture for Rice Undergraduates. I will remember her as a wonderful, energetic, and enthusiastic colleague with a great sense of humor and a genuine passion for teaching young minds.

Volker Schweikhard, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Ia Iashvili — New York

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Candle tribute lit by Gloria O'Bryan — Texas

Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of your wife Marjorie. I offer you and your family my thoughts and prayers during this dark time in your life.

Cees Corsten, Assen, Netherlands

I am so very sorry for the loss of Marj, her whole family is in my thought.

Luciano Elementi, Naperville, IL

I was very sorry to hear the news, my sincere condolences to the family.

Chris Willacy, London, UK

I was fortunate to have been a colleague of Marj's for nearly 30 years. Her enthusiasm for everything she did was infectious and greatly appreciated. I will miss her immensely, but I am very grateful to have known and worked with her. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Randy Hulet, Houston, TX

My Sincerest Sympathies. She Will Be Missed In The Bonner Lab.

Pamuela Reynolds, Houston , TX

I am completely shocked and saddened by Marj's sudden passing. Although it has been a number of years since we worked together in the Physics & Astronomy Department, I remember those times fondly. Her infectious smile was always warm and welcoming and she treated everyone - faculty, staff, and students, with the utmost respect. My deepest condolences to all her family, friends, and colleagues.

Bridgitt, Houston , TX

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It was such a pleasure to serve with her as a colleague in new faculty search committee. She is always energetic and open about her opinion of the candidates. She is such a gifted scientist and teacher, and her judgement of the candidates is always spot on. We will miss her profoundly. Sincerely Pengcheng Dai Houston, Texas

Pengcheng Dai, Houston, TX

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We are profoundly saddened by the loss that your family is experiencing. We extend our deepest sympathies for the loss of our friend and colleague.

Herman White, Batavia, IL

Marj was a gifted researcher and mentor in the Fermilab community who was just as comfortable with a wrench, analyzing data, writing incisive scientific papers and mentoring the next generation of researchers. Marj leaves an enduring mark in the scientific journals, her many students and on the hearts of us in the Fermilab community. Marj's charm, excellence and tenacity will be sorely missed, our deep condolences to family and friends.

Bob Tschirhart , Fermilab , Il

Back in 1993 Nancy was a summer program coordinator and Marj was most generous with her time and talents as a very captivating guest speaker for Houston PREP. This is a pre-engineering program offered at the University of Houston-Downtown as part of a nationwide outreach to high school students with a special mandate to include girls and underserved minorities. She has always been a dedicated scientist and teacher. It is good to see the recent accolades that she so deserved. On a more personal note, she has been a wonderful influence in our lives and that of our daughter. With heartfelt sympathy, Drs. Jacques and Nancy Leveille, and Dr. Nickie Leveille Buchanan

Nancy and Jacques Leveille, Houston, TX

I worked with Marj on the Mu2e project for the past 7 years. Marj was a wonderful colleague, having great technical and people skills, common sense, and a great sense of humor. It will be impossible to replace her.

David Brown, Berkeley, CA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We share your sorrow and grief. Our condolences to you and your family. Vijay and Florence

Vijay and Florence Arya, Bellaire , TX


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