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December 9, 2018


August 29, 2014

Obituary: Patricia Smith Yaeger

Patricia Smith Yaeger died of ovarian cancer July 25, 2014. A member of the University of Michigan Departments of English and Women’s Studies since 1990, Smith
Yaeger was named Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor in 2005.  

July 31, 2014

Obituary: Burton V. Barnes

Burton V. Barnes, 83, died July 3. He was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Forestry, and forest botanist for the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 

July 28, 2014

Obituary: Jim Schneider

Michigan Athletics lost one of its longtime former employees when retired public and media relations director Jim Schneider died July 21. Schneider worked with the football, baseball and ice hockey programs during his 30 years with the athletic department.

July 28, 2014

Obituary: Maureen Belden

Maureen Elizabeth Kelley Belden, a former clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, died July 4 after a long illness. She was 51.

Maureen Belden

July 14, 2014

Obituary: Dr. Stefan S. Fajans

Dr. Stefan S. Fajans, 96, died June 22. He was active professor emeritus of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, and was recognized nationally and internationally as a distinguished endocrinologist and leader in his specialty of diabetes. 

April 11, 2014

Obituary: Leonard Kimball Eaton

Leonard Kimball Eaton, emeritus professor of architecture, died April 1 at the age of 92.

He was born Feb. 3, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn. He was the son of prominent lawyer Leo K. Eaton and Elizabeth Barber Eaton. He excelled as an intercollegiate swimmer at Williams College and graduated in 1943 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

March 28, 2014

Obituary: Russell A. Fraser

Russell A. Fraser, Austin Warren Professor Emeritus of English, died March 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 86.

March 14, 2014

Obituary: LaRue T. Hosmer

LaRue T. Hosmer, professor emeritus of corporate strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, died Feb. 23 at the age of 86.

January 17, 2014

Obituary: Stephen J. Tonsor III

Emeritus Professor of History Stephen J. Tonsor III, of Chelsea, formerly of Ann Arbor, died Jan. 8 at the Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village.  He was 90 years old.

January 10, 2014

Obituary: James Lyle Miller Jr.

James (Jerry) Lyle Miller Jr., a professor emeritus of higher education at the University of Michigan, died Nov. 4, 2013, in Concord, Calif.

January 10, 2014

Obituary: Dr. George H. Koepke

Dedicated student, educator, physician and family supporter, George Henry Koepke died Nov. 26, 2013. He was the first child born on Jan. 1, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio. Gust and Louise (Kutz) Koepke were his parents. His wife, Helen K. LaBoiteaux Koepke, a younger brother, Dr. Charles Koepke, and son-in-law, Lloyd Bunting, preceeded him in death.

January 10, 2014

Obituary: Katalin “Kathy” Berdy

Katalin “Kathy” Berdy, who formerly worked as the Latino/a coordinator for the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office, died Jan. 3. She was 53.

She will be missed by many, including her dear companion, John Everett.

November 22, 2013

Obituary: Rolf Arnold Deininger

Rolf Arnold Deininger, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health, died at his home in Ann Arbor on Nov. 1. He was 79.

November 15, 2013

Obituary: Vern Terpstra

Vern Terpstra, professor emeritus of international business, died Nov. 6. He was 86 years old.


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