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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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Vanderbilt mourns loss of imaging pioneer Gibbs

Nov. 1, 2012—Longtime Vanderbilt faculty member S. Julian Gibbs, DDS, Ph.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Emeritus, died Oct. 25. He was 80.

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Memorial service for engineering professor Tomlinson Fort Jr. is Sept. 23

Sep. 18, 2012—A memorial service for Tomlinson Fort Jr., Centennial Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Vanderbilt’s Benton Chapel. Visitation with the family will follow at 3 p.m. Fort, 80, died Sept. 13 in Franklin, Tenn. Fort joined the Vanderbilt School of Engineering in 1989 as a Centennial...

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Vanderbilt Board of Trust emerita member Alyne Massey dies

Sep. 11, 2012—Alyne Queener Armistead Massey, philanthropist, community leader and longtime member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, died Sept. 11 at her home in Nashville. Elected to the Vanderbilt Board in 1977, she was named trustee emerita in 2003. She made a significant impact on the university through her leadership and philanthropy. She served on...

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Sevin, German professor and former chair of department, dies

Jul. 31, 2012—Dieter H.O. Sevin, professor of German and former chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt, died July 29 after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. Sevin taught German language and literature at Vanderbilt for more than 44 years.

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Venable, molecular biologist and Vanderbilt administrator, dies

Jul. 18, 2012—John “Jack” H. Venable, who ably served Vanderbilt University as a teacher and administrator for more than three decades, has died. He was 74.

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Jack Forstman, Vanderbilt Divinity dean, emeritus, dies

Jun. 19, 2012—Jack Forstman, who built significant community and national support for the Vanderbilt Divinity School while serving as a beloved mentor and leader to many generations of students and faculty, passed away June 17.

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Weeks, emeritus professor of engineering and materials science, dies

Apr. 16, 2012—Robert Andrew Weeks, research professor emeritus of materials science and mechanical engineering, died April 10 in Maryville, Tenn. He was 87. Weeks was a distinguished research scientist in the field of solid state physics as well as a notable glass scientist. At the end of a 33-year career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined...

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