Late in life, Dr. Schrieffer’s love of fast cars ended in tragedy. In September 2004, he was driving from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, Calif., when his car, traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, slammed into a van, killing a man and injuring seven other people.
Dr. Schrieffer, whose Florida driver’s license was suspended, pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter and apologized to the victims and their families. He was sentenced to two years in prison and released after serving one year.
Florida State placed Dr. Schrieffer on leave after the incident, and he retired in 2006.
Richard Klemm, a professor of physics at the University of Central Florida, who collaborated with Dr. Schrieffer on a research problem in the 1980s, said he had tried to contact him but did not hear back.
“He wouldn’t communicate with anyone,” he said. “He apparently didn’t want to have anything to do with his community any more after what happened.”
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