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January 23, 2019

Obituaries

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.

March 14, 2018

Obituary: Jean M. Malouin

Jean M. Malouin, assistant professor of family medicine, died unexpectedly March 10 from medical causes.

January 12, 2018

Obituary: Richard Meisler

Longtime faculty member Richard Meisler died after complications of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 21, 2017.

Richard Meisler

January 10, 2018

Obituary: James N. Morgan

James N. Morgan, an economist who created the longest-running intergenerational household survey in the world, died Jan. 8 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was 99 and lived in Ann Arbor.

January 8, 2018

Obituary: Paul Ilie

Paul Ilie, professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, scholar and critic in the fields of the history of ideas in Europe, and former University of Michigan professor, died July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 84.

November 13, 2017

Obituary: Joel Smoller

Joel Smoller, 81, a recently retired professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, died Sept. 27 after a prolonged illness.

November 1, 2017

Obituary: Roger Fleming Hackett

Roger Fleming Hackett, emeritus professor of history at the University of Michigan and pioneer in the field of Asian studies, died Oct. 26 in Ann Arbor. He was 95 years old.

August 10, 2017

Obituary: Frederick L. Goodman

Professor Emeritus Frederick L. Goodman died Aug. 8 in Thousand Oaks, California.

Goodman served as professor of education, School of Education, from 1960-2005.

“He is loved by all who knew him around our world,” said his wife, Lenore Goodman.

— Submitted by Martha Kransdorf

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Carolyn ‘Toni’ Kessler

Carolyn “Toni” Kessler, who spent almost four decades working in the Office of the Registrar, died April 1 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital following a short illness.

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Roland ‘Red’ Hiss

Roland “Red” Hiss died Dec. 15, 2016, at the University of Michigan Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Red was born on Oct. 9, 1932, to George Crosby and Adrianne (Graham) Hiss in Newark, New Jersey.

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Max Arthur Heirich

Max Arthur Heirich, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Michigan, died April 27 at the age of 85 after a long illness. He was known to many in the Ann Arbor community for his teaching, social activism and work in alternative medicine. His academic work encompassed the sociology of religion, social movements and health care.

March 20, 2017

Obituary: Bruce H. Karnopp

Bruce H. Karnopp, 78, of Ann Arbor, died peacefully Jan. 1 in the company of his beloved family.

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