Hall of Fame Member Enters Chapter Eternal

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May 15th, 2019 - Oxford, Ohio: Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame Member Jack Soules, Ohio State ’46, entered the chapter eternal on May 1st at the age of 91. 

Jack was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1928. He attended The Ohio State University from where he obtained a Ph.D. in physics in 1954. Following that, Jack accepted a position as Assistant and later Associate Professor of Physics at New Mexico State University. From 1961-1963 he worked in Washington, D.C., as a physicist at the Office of Naval Research. He also taught at the University of Washington before accepting a position as the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University, where he worked from 1966-1994. In 2006 Jack retried and moved to Las Cruces with his wife, Shirl, where they celebrated 50 years of marriage last October. 

Jack received the Borradaile Award as an undergraduate in 1946. In 2006, he was admitted into the Phi Tau Hall of Fame. In addition to his work as a physicist, Jack was a private pilot, an avid swimmer, and actor. He acted in many theater productions and founded the Las Cruces Swim Club. He was also a founder of the Unitarian Fellowship of Las Cruces and a founder of the Las Altures Development Corporation. 

Jack’s sons are also loyal members of Phi Tau; Bill Soules, New Mexico State ‘85, and David Soules, New Mexico State ‘85.

Jack is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. A private service will be held for his family members. In lieu of flowers, a gift can be made to the Halzo Foundation (contact p.desimino@crucescreatives.org) or Camp Hope (http://www.donationto/MVCH4CampHope).