Robert D. Sard 

Robert Daniel Sard, a professor emeritus of physics whose work contributed
to recent discoveries in particle physics, died after a long illness May
29. He was 78.

Sard died at Clark-Lindsey Village's Meadowbrook Nursing Center in Urbana.

Sard joined the UI physics department in 1961 and remained there until he
retired in 1985. Both before and after his retirement, he was a member of
the UI High-Energy Physics Group, which helped plan and develop the
experimental facilities at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in

Sard worked as a research associate in particle physics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1945 to 1946 and then from 1946
to 1961 as a professor at Washington University, St. Louis.

During that time he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Manchester,
England, from 1951 to 1952 and a staff member at Lawrence Berkeley
Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., from 1959 to 1960.

While a professor at the UI, Sard participated in a European and Soviet
joint research project and lived about 120 miles south of Moscow.

He wrote a textbook on special relativity, "Relativistic Mechanics,"
published in 1980.

He was also an associate editor of a newsletter on the history of physics
for the American Physical Society from 1985 to 1991.

Sard sang with the UI's Oratorio Society.

Survivors  include  two  sons, a daughter and one granddaughter.

UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/06-16-94