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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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William Ross, longtime former Mail Services employee, has died

Jun. 27, 2014—William H. Ross Sr., a longtime Vanderbilt employee known for his warmth, smile and contagious good cheer while making his rounds delivering mail on the university campus, died Wednesday, June 25.

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Elsie Quarterman, who rediscovered Tennessee coneflower, dies at 103

Jun. 12, 2014—Elsie Quarterman, the first woman to serve as an academic department chair at Vanderbilt and who is best known for her work on the ecology of Tennessee cedar glades, has died.

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McDowell, former Vanderbilt administrator, dies

Jun. 5, 2014—Donald L. McDowell, a Vanderbilt University administrator during the tenure of Chancellor Alexander Heard, died May 27 in Yarmouth, Maine.

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Memorial for Barbara Schulz is May 31

May. 13, 2014—A memorial service to celebrate the life of Barbara Schulz is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus. Schulz was a longtime staff member in the Vanderbilt General Counsel’s office, retiring in 2011 after 22 years of service. She died March 8 after a lengthy illness. A 1967...

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Finance professor H. Martin Weingartner has died

May. 13, 2014—A memorial service is set for July 5 at Vanderbilt University for finance professor Martin Weingartner, who died May 6.

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Blair School of Music stalwart Billy Adair has died

Feb. 18, 2014—William “Billy” Adair, a teacher, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and backbone of the jazz program at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, has died. He was 66.

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