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Forrest C. Jobes, Jr., 87

Member of the Blawenburg Band

November 26, 1935 - April 19, 2023

Forrest C. (Buzz) Jobes, Ph.D., 87, died on April 19 after a long illness.

Before age and illness took his health, Buzz loved downhill skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer. He enjoyed many genres of music and in the 1970s, and served on the board of the Princeton Folk Music Society. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing guitar and clarinet, and played tuba, baritone, saxophone, and trombone in several bands — The Blawenburg Band, the Dixie Daddies (Santa Barbara, Ca.), the Retired Rhythm Rascals (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), the College of DuPage Community Band (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and the Immanuel Evangelical Presbyterian church orchestra (Warrenville, Ill.).

Buzz was a graduate of George School (1953) and Oberlin College (1957). He earned his Ph.D. at Yale in nuclear physics in 1962. He retired from Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory in 1996 after spending most of his career there as a research plasma physicist. Forrest authored many scientific journal articles on nuclear fusion diagnostics with his colleagues at Princeton and holds a patent for a neutral beam injector used in plasma diagnostics. Since retiring from the university he has enjoyed life in Santa Barbara, Ca., Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Philadelphia, Pa.

Buzz anchored his life in his Christian faith and was an active member of the church wherever he lived: Nassau Christian Center (Princeton), Windsor Chapel (Dutch Neck), Princeton Presbyterian, Montecito Covenant (Santa Barbara, Ca.), Immanuel Evangelical Presbyterian (Warrenville, Ill.), and most recently, Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Oreland, Pa.).


He will be sorely missed by his wife of 43 years, Karen (Hill) Jobes and his son Theodore H. Jobes and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Varki) of Philadelphia, and his son Benjamin F. Jobes of Manhattan, NY. Buzz is the proud granddad of Taylor Jobes and Sarah Jobes of Philadelphia. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Katharine Hoff, a niece Cindy Woll Nugent and nephew Robert Woll, and other relatives and friends. He is the son of the late Forrest C. and Marie Jobes, who gave him the nickname Buzz in his infancy. Along with his late sister Mary Jobes Woll, Buzz grew up in Yardley, PA and enjoyed summers at a family home in Ocean City, NJ.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton. Relatives and friends are invited to Mather-Hodge for visitation on Saturday, April 22, 9:30 – 11 am and a brief Christian Celebration of Life at 11 am immediately prior to interment in Princeton Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1119 Church Rd. Oreland, PA 19075), Doctors without Borders, or the charity of your choice.

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