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August 19, 2019

Obituaries

August 15, 2019

Obituary — Jonathan Bulkley

Jonathan Bulkley, Peter M. Wege Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Systems, died July 14 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 81 from lung cancer.

August 9, 2019

Obituary: Elmer Grant Gilbert

Elmer Grant Gilbert, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, died June 16 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 89 from congestive heart failure.

August 12, 2019

Obituary: Joy Alexander Blouin

Joy Alexander Blouin, former head of the Visual Resources Collection in the Department of History of Art, died peacefully on July 17 at age 74, surrounded by her family. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

June 19, 2019

Obituary: Wilbert (Bill) J. McKeachie

Wilbert (Bill) J. McKeachie, professor emeritus of psychology, LSA, and research scientist emeritus in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones on June 12. He was 97.

June 14, 2019

Obituary: Niara Sudarkasa

Niara Sudarkasa, née Gloria Albertha Marshall, affectionately known as “Madam President,” and former director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, died May 31 after a long struggle with several chronic diseases.

March 25, 2019

Obituary: Frizell L. Vaughan

Frizell L. Vaughan, associate professor emeritus of environmental and industrial health and associate research scientist emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, died of natural causes on March 16. He was 90 years old.

March 18, 2019

Obituary: James R. Thiry

James R. Thiry, former director of personnel at the University of Michigan, died March 5 surrounded by his loving family. He was 88.

March 15, 2019

Obituary: Gwendolyn Baker

Gwendolyn Baker, a former School of Education faculty member and University of Michigan alumna, died March 7 in Sarasota, Florida. She was 87.

March 7, 2019

Obituary: Charles David Moody Sr.

Charles David Moody Sr., emeritus vice provost and emeritus faculty member at the University of Michigan, died March 2 at the age of 86.

February 20, 2019

Obituary: Elizabeth I. Lemmer

Elizabeth I. Lemmer, retired pharmacist at the University of Michigan Hospitals, died Feb. 8.

Lemmer was born July 8, 1931, in Philadelphia, where she was raised. Her parents Luigi and Maria Iorio immigrated from Italy in 1929. Lemmer was the youngest of five daughters.

February 8, 2019

Obituary: John Peter Kent

John Peter Kent, a former English professor at the University of Michigan, died Jan. 29 at Wellington at Hershey’s Mills assisted living facility in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was 87.

February 8, 2019

Obituary: Walter Andrew Castelli

A longtime resident of Ann Arbor, Walter Andrew Castelli, professor emeritus of anatomy at the University of Michigan, died Feb. 6 at StoryPoint Saline. He was 89.

January 18, 2019

Obituary: Robert L. Kahn

Social psychologist Robert L. Kahn, a founding member of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, died Jan. 6 in Burlington, Vermont, at age 100. He will be remembered for his pioneering work on organizational theory and for his research on — and inspiring embodiment of — successful aging.

December 13, 2018

Philanthropist, arts advocate Penny W. Stamps dies at 74

Penny W. Stamps — a University of Michigan alumna, fierce advocate for the arts, community leader, philanthropist, design professional and former teacher — died Thursday at her home after a battle with leukemia. She was 74.

December 10, 2018

Obituary: Walter Jacob Weber Jr.

Walter Jacob Weber Jr., 84, died Oct. 18 at Huron Woods Memory Center, with family at his side, after a brief illness. He was professor emeritus and the Gordon M. Fair and Earnest Boyce Distinguished University Professor of Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Engineering.

September 14, 2018

Obituary: Minor Jesser "Jud" Coon

Minor Jesser “Jud” Coon, retired Victor C. Vaughan Distinguished Professor who worked in the University of Michigan Department of Biological Chemistry, died Sept. 5.

September 14, 2018

Obituary: James L. Waters

James L. Waters, a former University of Michigan regent, prominent attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, died suddenly and very unexpectedly Aug. 31 at his home in Muskegon, Michigan.

April 12, 2018

Obituary: Arthur Coffman Wolfe

Arthur Coffman Wolfe, 87, a long-time research associate and University of Michigan alumnus, died Dec. 28, 2017, at Pinecrest, the 114 year old Wolfe family enclave along Crystal Lake near Beulah, Michigan.

April 10, 2018

Obituary: Barbara C. Hodgdon

Barbara C. Hodgdon, retired professor of English (2005-2012), and an affiliated faculty member of Screen Arts & Cultures, died early March 22, after living so remarkably well with COPD and lung cancer for six years.

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