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February 15, 2019


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.

February 3, 2017

Obituary: Edward Bagale

Edward Bagale, who retired as vice chancellor for government relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2012, died Jan. 18 in Holland, Michigan. He was 70 years old and had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

November 18, 2016

Obituary: Ralph Cicerone

Ralph Cicerone, former University of Michigan faculty member in Space Physics in the College of Engineering and recent past president of the National Academy of Sciences, died suddenly Nov. 5 at his home in New Jersey.

October 28, 2016

Obituary: Eunice Burns

Eunice Burns — an Ann Arbor civil servant, a long-standing community and environmental leader, a University of Michigan alumna and retired employee — died Oct. 20 at the age of 93. She worked as executive assistant to the dean at the School of Education from 1970-82.

September 30, 2016

Obituary: Dr. Charles Bruce Smith

Dr. Charles Bruce Smith, (“Tad”), died Aug. 25 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his beloved wife of 37 years, Peggie, by his side. 

September 2, 2016

Obituary: Bernard Van’t Hul

Bernard Van’t Hul, professor emeritus in the English department at the University of Michigan, died in Needham, Massachusetts, on Aug. 21 after a long decline.

Bernard Van't Hul

May 23, 2016

Obituary: Dale E. Briggs

Dale E. Briggs, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, died March 17 at the age of 85 after living a long, productive and inspirational life.

Dale E. Briggs

March 4, 2016

Obituary: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, who died in January at the age of 92, was a renowned historian and a member of the University of Michigan faculty from 1975 to her retirement in 1988.

February 10, 2016

Obituary: Leslie Raymond Bassett

Leslie Raymond Bassett, the Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Music, died Feb. 4 at his residence in Oakwood, Georgia. He was 93 years old.

January 22, 2016

Obituary: Lewis William ‘Bill’ Shurtliff

Lewis William “Bill” Shurtliff, who worked as a parking supervisor at the University of Michigan and head of duplicating services at the Hatcher Graduate Library until he retired in 1999, died Jan. 2, 2016.

December 4, 2015

Obituary: A. Kent Christensen

A. Kent Christensen, emeritus faculty member in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as well as a former chair of the department, died Nov. 17 due to complications following a stroke in Provo, Utah. He was 87.

November 20, 2015

Obituary: Donald Rossin

Longtime University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty member Donald Rossin died Nov. 8. The associate professor of management studies was 68.

Donald Rossin

October 30, 2015

Obituary: Marcel Muller

Marcel Nicolas Muller, 89, professor emeritus of French, died at his home in Ann Arbor on Oct. 14. A world-renowned specialist in the works of Marcel Proust, Muller was a member of the Michigan faculty from 1966 until his retirement in 1995.  

October 2, 2015

Obituary: David D. Bien

David D. Bien, age 85, professor emeritus of French history at the University of Michigan, died under hospice care Sept. 25 after a lengthy illness. Family, colleagues and friends will long remember and sorely miss a remarkable scholar and a noble human being.  

September 22, 2015

Obituary: Peter Smereka

Peter Smereka, professor of mathematics, died Sept. 15 after suffering an unexpected heart attack.

September 14, 2015

Obituary: Robin Barlow

Robin Barlow, professor emeritus of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, died at home in Augusta, Michigan, on Aug. 23 after a long illness. He was 81.

Robin Barlow

August 14, 2015

Obituary: John Henry Holland

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science and complex systems, died peacefully Aug. 9 at the age of 86.

Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science.


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