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Robert Birkby, a Vanderbilt student favorite, has died

Mar. 15, 2016—Vanderbilt is mourning the death of political science professor Robert H. Birkby, a popular teacher and respected administrator.

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Vanderbilt mourns former Graduate School dean Russell Hamilton

Mar. 4, 2016—The first African American dean of a Vanderbilt school or college has died. Russell G. Hamilton was 81.

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Former head football coach George MacIntyre dies

Jan. 6, 2016—George MacIntyre, who served six years as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores and guided the squad to an appearance in the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl, died Tuesday in Nashville following a lengthy illness. He was 76.

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Emeritus English professor Leonard Nathanson has died

Nov. 6, 2015—Leonard Nathanson, an emeritus Vanderbilt English professor noted for his expertise on British poet John Milton, died Oct. 27.

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Vanderbilt biologist David McCauley has died

Nov. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt mourns the death of biologist, researcher and teacher David E. McCauley, who is remembered as an "inspiring, genuine and incredibly intelligent scientist."

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Fred Thompson dies at age 73

Nov. 2, 2015—Fred Thompson, who began an illustrious legal and political career after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School in 1967, died Nov. 1. He was 73.

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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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