In Memorium: Rudi H Nussbaum

The global antinuclear movement recently lost one of its greatest activist-intellectuals known for his rigorous work and unputdownable committment – Rudi H. Nussbaum. had re-published his article ‘A Reckless Denial of Reality : Clinging to the Nuclear Option‘ along with Dr. V T Padmanabhan’s message on the occasion.

Members on our facebook group shared their grief and in Dr. Nussbaum’s memory renewed their pledge for a nuclear-free world.

Below, we are reproducing an email sent to by his grand-daughter Alix Willard.




Thank you for running the kind words about my grandfather, Rudi H Nussbaum, on your blog. He will be very deeply missed by his family, but I’m also aware and proud of the impact he had as an activist.

I am sending a message from my grandmother, Laureen Nussbaum, which includes information about a memorial service to be held for Rudi. If you feel that your readers will be interested in attending, please feel free to post the information on your blog.

July 20 was the end of a wonderful vacation, during which Rudi and I had closed several circles at places dear to us in Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands. On the way home, in the Amsterdam Airport, Rudi took a fatal fall. Fortunately our two sons and their wives were able to rush over from the US to bid him farewell. He died July 22 in a nearby hospital. At the cremation in Holland, we had a small memorial service with relatives and old friends. The circle of our remarkable life together was closed in Amsterdam, where the two of us had met 70 years before!

Despite the shock and profound grief, I am grateful that Rudi was spared prolonged suffering and the infirmities of old age.

Please come and help the family and me celebrate his rich life.

Laureen Nussbaum

October 23, 2011

1:45 PM

University Place Hotel & Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97201


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