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Jean Crawford, former ‘Vanderbilt Alumnus’ editor, dies

Aug. 11, 2015—Jean Bass Crawford, former editor of the "Vanderbilt Alumnus" and director of the Office of Alumni Publications, died Aug. 7 in Nashville.

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Marty Nord, former Vanderbilt professor and faculty adviser, dies

Jul. 30, 2015—Martha Andrews “Marty” Nord, a longtime communications professor at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and former director of the Vanderbilt Women in Engineering Program, died July 28 in Nashville.

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Vanderbilt Board of Trust member Judson Randolph has died

May. 22, 2015—Judson Graves Randolph, a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust for more than two decades and a longtime chief surgeon at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., died May 17.

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Helguera, rare book collector and longtime Vanderbilt history professor, has died

Apr. 21, 2015—Vanderbilt mourns the death of J. León Helguera, who taught history for 28 years and donated a treasure trove of books and other writings from Colombia to the university's library.

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Levi Watkins Jr., medical pioneer and champion of racial equality, dies

Apr. 14, 2015—Levi Watkins Jr., a renowned cardiac surgeon, champion of racial equality and diversity, and the first African American to be admitted to and graduate from Vanderbilt's School of Medicine, died Saturday from complications after suffering a stroke.

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Divinity Distinguished Alumnus Gardner Taylor dies

Apr. 13, 2015—Divinity distinguished alumnus was strong voice for civil rights Divinity distinguished alumnus was powerful Christian personality and preacher

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Oscar Touster, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, emeritus, dies

Mar. 16, 2015—Oscar Touster, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, emeritus, and the first chair of the Department of Molecular Biology in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science and Graduate School, has died. He was 93.

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Former Owen associate dean Joel Covington dies

Feb. 27, 2015—Joel Bell Covington Jr., who held a number of key roles at the Owen Graduate School of Management during the 1980s and 1990s, died Feb. 21 at his home.

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VUMC mourns award-winning photographer Dana Johnson Tallman

Feb. 23, 2015—Dana Johnson Tallman, an award-winning photographer in Vanderbilt University Medical Center News and Communications from 1999 to 2009, died Sunday, Feb. 22, due to complications from cystic fibrosis. She was 42. Ms. Tallman was a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a 1994 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism. She held...

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Renowned theology professor Edward Farley has died

Dec. 31, 2014—Edward Farley, a retired Divinity professor, prolific writer on theological education, and musician, will be remembered during a Jan. 3 memorial service at Second Presbyterian Church.

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Services held for international law scholar Hal Maier

Aug. 26, 2014—International law scholar Harold G. "Hal" Maier has died at 77. He spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Sara Ezell, disabilities advocate, has died

Jul. 15, 2014—Ezell is remembered for her fierce advocacy on behalf of the disabled.

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