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Surface, original faculty member of Owen Graduate School of Management, dies

Aug. 2, 2013—James R. Surface, who was instrumental in planning the expansion of Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management in its early years and helping the school gain a more secure financial base, died Aug. 1.

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Community mourns death of former Graduate School dean

Aug. 1, 2013—Ernest Campbell, who was instrumental in revitalizing Vanderbilt's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and known nationally for his research in race relations, desegregation and education, died July 28.

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Jim Foglesong, music industry executive and Blair instructor, dies

Jul. 9, 2013—Jim Foglesong, a key figure in the rise of many country music stars including Garth Brooks and Barbara Mandrell who went on to build a second career as a beloved educator, died July 9.

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Robert Blanning, professor of management, emeritus, dies

Jun. 27, 2013—Robert W. Blanning, whose global experience combined the worlds of academia and business, died June 25.

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Vanderbilt mourns ‘consummate scientist’ Cunningham

Jun. 11, 2013—A memorial service for Leon W. Cunningham, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Calvary United Methodist Church at 3701 Hillsboro Road in Nashville.

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Emeritus mathematics professor dies

May. 30, 2013—Charles S. Kahane, professor of mathematics, emeritus, died May 23 as the result of injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle car crash along Interstate 65 in Hardin County, Ky. His wife, Claire R. Kahane, also was killed in the crash.

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Vanderbilt art professor noted for experimental pieces dies

May. 9, 2013—Donald H. Evans, a Vanderbilt University professor of art and art history, emeritus, who developed a national reputation for ambitious and interdisciplinary work that often included epic-scaled events, died May 6.

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John Bingham, former dean and professor emeritus, has died

May. 9, 2013—Longtime Vanderbilt Spanish professor and administrator John L. Bingham died May 2 at 93.

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Douglas Hall, noted astronomer and former director of Dyer Observatory, dies

Mar. 20, 2013—Douglas S. Hall, professor of physics and astronomy, emeritus, died March 16 after a brief illness. Hall was a distinguished astronomer and scientist credited with several significant discoveries.

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Bayuzick, chemical engineer who had experiments on space shuttle, dies

Feb. 12, 2013—Robert Bayuzick, who had experiments conducted on three separate flights of the space shuttle Columbia while he was a professor of chemical engineering and director of materials science at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8 in Nashville.

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Vanderbilt Board of Trust member William W. Featheringill dies

Dec. 11, 2012—William W. Featheringill, a Vanderbilt University Board of Trust member, alumnus and entrepreneur for whom Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall is named, died Sunday, Dec. 9. He was 70. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, Ala. Visitation will be prior to the service...

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Donald J. Hall, longtime professor at Vanderbilt Law School, has died

Nov. 30, 2012—Longtime Vanderbilt Law School professor Donald J. Hall died Nov. 29. He spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt, starting in 1970 and retiring in 2007.

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