About Jay Fein

Jay Fein“It’s a happy man who loves his work, and I love my work.” So said National Science Foundation Director of the Climate and Large-scale Dynamics Program Dr. Jay S. Fein in 2009 in an interview for the National Center for Atmospheric Research newsletter AtmosNews. During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Fein was involved in managing many of the large and far-reaching field research and modeling studies sponsored substantially by the NSF, including the Monsoon Experiment (MONEX), the Central Equatorial Pacific Experiment (CEPEX), the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX), the Community Climate System Model, the Climate Simulation Laboratory, and early atmospheric data reanalysis proof-of-concept studies.

Dr. Fein, who retired from NSF in 2009, died on November 7, 2016 at INOVA Hospital in Alexandria, Virgina after a short illness. He was 79 years old. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jay attended Rutgers University and served as a weather forecaster in the U.S. Air Force before completing his graduate degrees at Florida State University. He served as a program director of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP) from 1976 to 1985 before joining NSF in 1986. Jay received the AGU Edward A. Flinn III Award in 2009.

Jay is survived by his wife, Sara Fein, son Benjamin (Genevieve) Fein and daughter Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Karberg.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Zabriskie Chapel, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Because Jay was interested in helping young scientists throughout his career, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Jay Fein Scholarship Fund may be sent to: American Meteorological Society, Attn: Jay Fein Scholarship Fund, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.