Brad Ferrier (1959-2019)
Atmospheric Sciences B. A. 1981, Ph.D. 1988
Brad Ferrier and his wife Linda died in a car crash in Maryland near Washington, DC, on June 15, 2019. Brad grew up in Camano Island, Washington, in a beautiful home that had a view of Mountain Rainier with Puget Sound in the foreground. He was an undergraduate student in Professor Houze’s 301 class. He graduated with his B.S. in 1981, and became Houze’s Ph. D. student. (Lynn McMurdie, now a professor in our department, was a classmate of Brad’s.) Brad went on to work for NASA in the group led by Joanne Simpson. Later he transferred to a position affiliated with NOAA. At the time of his death he was a working with the Environmental Modeling Center of NCEP as a Group Leader for the Mesoscale Task. He was supervising some 100 employees. All who knew Brad remember him for his positive, cheerful, and positive demeanor. His main contribution to modeling was in the development of multi-moment cloud microphysical schemes and for including microphysics in operational forecast models. He and Linda are survived by their two autistic sons. Linda was a well-known advocate for autistic children.