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August 19, 2019


March 6, 2015

Obituary: Lois Wladis Hoffman

Emeritus professor Lois Wladis Hoffman of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology died Feb. 13, following a long siege of Alzheimer's disease.

Lois Wladis Hoffman

March 6, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Karen R. Fonde

At 40, Karen Rhea Fonde achieved a longtime ambition: She walked across the stage at Hill Auditorium to receive her diploma as a medical doctor from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Karen Rhea Fonde

March 2, 2015

Obituary: Donald J. Lewis, professor emeritus of mathematics

Donald J. Lewis, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Feb. 25 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Minnesota, to William and Eleanor Lewis, he was the oldest of eight children. He married Carolyn Dana Hauf in 1953 in Ann Arbor.

February 20, 2015

Obituary: Cecil DeGrotte Eby Jr.

Cecil DeGrotte Eby Jr., aged 87, retired professor of English, died peacefully Feb. 15, with his two daughters by his side.

February 13, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Sarla P. Kothary

Dr. Sarla P. Kothary

Dr. Sarla P. Kothary, a researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology and Neurology, died Jan. 20 at home in her husband's (Dr. Piyush C. Kothary) arms.

January 9, 2015

Obituary: Victor M. Hawthorne

Victor M. Hawthorne, professor emeritus of epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and in the Department of Family Practice in the School of Medicine, died in Lansing, Michigan, on Nov. 23, 2014, of heart failure. He was 93.

January 9, 2015

Obituary: Hansford White ‘Bill’ Farris

Hansford White “Bill” Farris, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, died Dec. 7, 2014, in Gainesville, Florida. He was 95. 

Hansford White 'Bill' Farris

January 9, 2015

Political scientist Philip Converse dies at 86

Philip E. Converse, an authority on public opinion and electoral behavior and a U-M professor emeritus of sociology and political science, died Dec. 30, 2014, in Ann Arbor. He was 86.

Philip E. Converse

November 3, 2014

Obituary: Mark Davis

Mark Davis, a retired IT manager at the University of Michigan, died Nov. 2 at the age of 65.

Davis, who lived in Canton, retired in 2012 from U-M after 20 years of service in the Reproductive Sciences CLASS lab.

He was an avid supporter of WRCJ, the Detroit Public radio station.

October 24, 2014

Obituary: Eloise Ruth (Edson) Snyder

Eloise Ruth (Edson) Snyder, retired publications director for the Institute of Gerontology, died Oct. 13 at home in Burcham Hills, East Lansing, where she had lived for the past five years. She was 93.


October 17, 2014

Obituary: Jay Luke Robinson

Jay Luke Robinson, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of English, died Oct. 5 at his home in Ann Arbor, surrounded by his family.

Jay Luke Robinson

September 26, 2014

Obituary: Dr. Robert Doerr

Dr. Robert Doerr, who led the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as interim dean from 1981 to 1982 and served in other leadership roles during his 37-year career, died Sept. 19 in Traverse City, Michigan. He was 93.

September 26, 2014

Obituary: Dr. Hugh Cooper

Dr. Hugh Cooper, a former member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Crown and Bridge Department, died Sept. 12.  He was 90.

Dr. Hugh Cooper

September 15, 2014

Obituary: Kenneth W. Cochran

Kenneth William Cochran, professor emeritus of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and associate professor emeritus of pharmacology in the School of Medicine, died in Ann Arbor on May 17.  He was 90.

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


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