The death has occurred of Dr. Anne Kernan
Local Professor Emeritus & Physicist dies at the age of 87.
Dr. Anne Kernan, 87, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed away on May 11, 2020. She was born on January 15, 1933 in Dublin, Ireland. Her love of science and advancement of women in science started early in her life. She graduated college from The University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland at the age of 19, the only female graduate in her class. Anne then achieved her Doctorate in Physics at the age of 24 from UCD. She eventually moved to California and specialized in experimental particle physics. Her research led her to work at CERN in Switzerland, where she collaborated on the experiment that won the Nobel Prize in Physics for Prof. Carlo Rubbia and Dr Simon Van De Meer in 1984.
Anne retired from California and moved to Danvers, MA to live with her sister Una and Una’s husband, now deceased, John O’Connor. Four years ago, she and her sister Una moved to Panama City Beach, FL, to live with her nephew John Hyland and family. They most recently resided at Seagrass Village. We appreciate and want to thank Seagrass for the help and support of the caregivers that assisted her over the past few years.
Anne enjoyed traveling to many countries. In addition to her love of family was her love of nature, cats, the arts and all cultures. She was an avid reader.
She is preceded in death by her brother Gerard Kernan. She is survived by her brother Denis Kernan and sister Una O’Connor. Although Anne had no children of her own, she lavished help and support on all her siblings, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was admired by all who knew her, both for her magnificent accomplishments in life, and her kindhearted, generous, and patient nature. She was a kind lovely soul that will be missed!!
Celebration of her life will be held in her homeland of Ireland at another time.
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