Adam A. Christman

Adam A. Christman, professor emeritus of biological chemistry, died Sept. 23 at Glacier Hills Nursing Center. He was 97.

He joined the U-M in 1922 as an instructor, became assistant professor in 1925, associate professor in 1930 and professor in 1946. He retired in 1966.

Christman received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grinnell College in 1917, and master’s (1920) and doctoral (1922) degrees from the University of Illinois.

“He was a gifted teacher and scientist,” notes Minor J. Coon, the Victor C. Vaughan Distinguished University Professor of Biological Chemistry. Christman’s research focused on allantoin and purine metabolism, calcium metabolism, antimalarials and muscle metabolism. He was best known for the method he developed for the rapid determination of carbon monoxide.

In 1989, the Adam A. and Mary J. Christman Graduate Student Fellowship in Biological Chemistry was established with funds from alumni, family, friends and Christman to provide stipends for gifted young scientists in biochemistry.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the fellowship fund, Department of Biological Chemistry, M5416 Medical Science Bldg. I.


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