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Paras, graduate student in biomedical engineering, dies

Dec. 16, 2011—Constantine “Dean” Paras, a Vanderbilt graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has died following a brief illness. Funeral services honoring Paras’ life took place Saturday, Dec. 17, in Rocky River, Ohio. Read the complete details. The Office of Religious Life will work with Paras’ family and friends to plan a...

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Patrick Fischer, former computer science chair, dies

Aug. 26, 2011—Patrick Fischer, who helped build the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, died Aug. 26 in hospice care in Montgomery County, Md. He was 75.

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Memorial for Kevin Putney April 16

Apr. 12, 2011—A memorial service for sophomore Kevin Putney is scheduled 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Farmington, Conn.

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John Poindexter, former Vanderbilt administrator, historian, has died

Feb. 3, 2011—John Poindexter, a retired Vanderbilt administrator known for his devoted service to the university including efforts to preserve institutional history, has died. He was 85.

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Jean Heard, musician and former first lady of Vanderbilt University, dies

Jan. 4, 2011—Jean Keller Heard, widow of former Vanderbilt University Chancellor Alexander Heard and a social, musical and civic presence in Nashville for more than four decades, died Jan. 2. She was 86.

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Vanderbilt basketball legend Roy Skinner has died

Oct. 26, 2010—Roy Skinner, who won 278 basketball games, compiled an 81.5 percent winning percentage at Memorial Gym and recruited the first black athlete to the Southeastern Conference, died of respiratory failure at Southern Hills Medical Center. He was 80.

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Distinguished Vanderbilt complex litigation scholar Richard Nagareda dies

Oct. 11, 2010—Richard Nagareda, the David Daniels Allen Professor of Law and director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program at Vanderbilt University Law School, died at his home on Friday, Oct. 8. He was 47. Memorial arrangements are pending.

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Vanderbilt Board of Trust member Frederick B. Rentschler dies

Jul. 8, 2010—Frederick B. Rentschler, a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust who ran companies including Northwest Airlines and Hunt-Wesson during his career, died July 6 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 70. A memorial was set for 11 a.m. July 17 at St. Patrick’s Church in Scottsdale. The family will receive visitors after the service...

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Retired Vanderbilt professor who specialized in 17th century British history dies

Jun. 16, 2010—Paul Hoswell Hardacre, a retired Vanderbilt University professor noted for his expertise on the Stuart period of English history, died on April 10 in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 94. The professor of history, emeritus, taught at Vanderbilt for 34 years. “Paul Hardacre served Vanderbilt long and ably as a teacher, scholar and participant...

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