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Environmental chemist and citizen scientist David J. Wilson has died

Feb. 14, 2017—Professor Emeritus of Chemistry David James Wilson died peacefully Jan. 12 in Belleville, Michigan, following a three-year bout with melanoma. He was 86.

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Dean of Students staff member was dedicated to developing student leaders

Jan. 30, 2017—Courtney Salters Henderson, who spent much of her career helping Vanderbilt students develop their leadership skills through student organizations, died Jan. 26 in Nashville. She had been a member of the Vanderbilt community since her days as an undergraduate student, and since 2005 had served as director of student organizations.

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Casagrande recalled as neuroscience pillar, supportive mentor

Jan. 24, 2017—Vivien Casagrande, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) noted for her many contributions to the visual sciences, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Jan. 21. She was 74.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of former Bariatric Surgery director Clements

Jan. 20, 2017—Ronald Clements, M.D., professor of Surgery and the past director of Bariatric Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 19 at home surrounded by his family. He was 50.

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Johnson, emeritus biomedical engineering professor, dies

Nov. 8, 2016—L. Ensign Johnson Jr., an emeritus professor who early in his career was one of three faculty members to lay the foundation for the biomedical engineering department at Vanderbilt, died Nov. 3. He was 85.

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Vanderbilt trustee emeritus and Dallas business leader dies

Oct. 14, 2016—Thomas B. Walker Jr., a Vanderbilt alumnus, trustee emeritus, and generous supporter of the university's strategic growth, died Oct. 11 at his Dallas home from congestive heart failure.

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Allen recalled as dedicated clinician, educator, researcher

Oct. 13, 2016—Longtime Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty member Joseph Allen Jr., M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, emeritus, died Sept. 16 at 91.

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Noted algebraist Bjarni Jónsson dies

Oct. 12, 2016—Bjarni Jónsson, Vanderbilt’s first Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, died Sept. 30 at the age of 96.

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Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Mark Jones has died

Oct. 11, 2016—Vanderbilt Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Mark M. Jones died Oct. 7 at 88 after an accident and brief illness.

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Latinist and church history scholar dies

Sep. 8, 2016—Jane Hepburn Barr, a beloved teacher at Vanderbilt Divinity School who taught popular seminars on women and church in society, died Aug. 7. She was 89.

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Community activist who made Vanderbilt a better place dies

Aug. 30, 2016—Betty Chiles Nixon, a pioneering civil and women's rights activist who left a lasting mark on Vanderbilt University, its surrounding neighborhoods and the community, died Aug. 29.

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VUMC mourns loss of Nephrology’s Schulman

Aug. 30, 2016—Gerald Schulman, M.D., professor of Medicine, died Aug. 26. He was 65.

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