27. Life is what happens when you are planning something else.
      –Aaron Lemonick


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Aaron Lemonick received a Ph.D. in physics from the University in 1954, then returned in 1961 as an associate professor.  Three years later he became a full professor, and though he continued to ascend the administrative ranks, serving as Chairman of the Physics Department, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dean of the Faculty, he remained passionate about undergraduate teaching, consistently leading introductory physics classes.  A firm believer in the importance of good instruction, Lemonick taught several methodology courses to teachers from Latin American and African-American colleges.  He also was a pivotal figure in the development of the Princeton-Penn accelerator at the Forrestal Research Center campus and served as a deputy director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1990 to 1992.  He shed tears at the 1994 Commencement when awarded both emeritus status and the Princeton President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.