Prof. Freeman Dyson, a world class physicist and long time supporter of CFPA, passed away on February 28, 2020. For most of his career, Dyson was Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to our tax-deductible arm, the Peace Action Education Fund. Click here & scroll down to "Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution to Peace" to donate in Dyson's memory.
Below is a message from our Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore.
I was first impressed by Prof. Dyson when I became CFPA Executive Director in the fall of 1981. Our leaders had reached out to invite area notables to lend us their name and support as CFPA Sponsors. Prof. Dyson replied with the very first acceptance.
Prof. Dyson frequently helped CFPA as a world class speaker for our events, but also was happy to attend many others to lend his support.
In 1984, his book Weapons and Hope on nuclear disarmament won a National Book Critics Circle Award. He spoke on the the book for our Annual Membership Gathering soon after that, and packed Nassau Presbyterian Church with over 500 attendees!
In 2000, he was awarded the highly prestigious Templeton Prize recognizing exceptional accomplishment at the intersection of science and religion. He generously designated part of his prize to be given to our newly formed Peace Endowment Fund.
Many years later, I asked Prof. Dyson to speak for our Monroe Township Chapter monthly meeting, about a half hour north of Princeton. He was happy to do so, and drew a packed house there too.
Prof. Dyson was a panelist or speaker on many other occasions, and always spoke highly of CFPA and our work even at events sponsored by others.I am so grateful for Prof. Freeman Dyson and his long time support for CFPA's peacemaking. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God!
We've also learned of the passing of the Rt. Rev. George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, who served as the ninth bishop of New Jersey until his retirement in 1995, and who served as the Coalition for Peace Action Board Chair from 1999 to the end of 2003. Please click here to read his obituary.