Robert R. Bowie, the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs Emeritus and founder and first director of the Center for International Affairs (now the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs) died Nov. 2 at the age of 104.
Harvard Medical School Professor David H. Hubel, whose discoveries in visual processing and development ushered in the modern study of the cerebral cortex and changed the way childhood cataracts and strabismus (“cross-eye”) were treated, died on Sept. 22 of kidney failure in Lincoln, Mass. He was 87.
David S. Landes, a renowned historian whose work focused on the complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance, died Aug. 17 at age 89.
Irish poet Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature with longtime ties to Harvard, died Aug. 30 in Ireland at age 74.
Former dean of Radcliffe admissions David K. “Deke” Smith of Topsham, Maine, died Aug. 14 at the age of 77, following a brief battle with cancer.
Elizabeth H. Jones, former head of conservation at the Fogg Museum, died on May 20 in Woodbury, Conn. She was 94.
Lorna Daniells, a prominent research librarian who worked at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library from 1946 until her retirement in 1985, died on June 11 in Bloomfield, Conn., at the age of 94. During her nearly 40 years at HBS, she served as chair of the library’s reference department from 1970 to 1974, head of the department from 1974 to 1979, and as bibliographer from 1979 to 1985.
Daniel M. Wegner, a pioneering social psychologist who helped to reveal the mysteries of human experience through his work on thought suppression, conscious will, and mind perception, died July 5 at age 65.
Legendary crew coach Harry Parker, who joined Harvard in 1960 and helmed the Crimson’s heavyweight program starting 50 years ago, died June 25. He was 77 and had mentored generations of Harvard rowers and U.S. Olympians.
Tucker Collins was S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology and the Chief of Pathology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 54 years due to an aggressive brain tumor.
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John Francis (“Jack”) Burke was born on July 22, 1922 in Chicago, the first of three children born to Francis A. Burke, a railroad man, and Mary Biaggi. He died November 2, 2011 of pancreatic cancer. He filled those 89 years with grace and wry humor through many phases, including chemical engineer, Army Air Corps pilot (he enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor), surgeon, educator, homespun philosopher, administrator, and one of the most remarkably innovative surgeon-scientists of the post-War era.
Bert Lester Vallee, who died on May 7, 2010, was a talented trace-metal biochemist, an innovative medical educator, a pioneer in academic-industrial relationships, and a creator of ingenious organizations that promoted biomedical research and collaborative international collegiality.
Nothing about Joseph L. Henry was ordinary. In his academic career he excelled noticeably above others -- as a student, teacher, department chair, dean, board member, national policy adviser, and as a mentor to many health professionals and policy makers.
Fritz Heinz Bach, a brilliant transplant immunologist and the Lewis Thomas Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his home at Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. He was 77 years old.
Roger William Jeanloz, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology emeritus at Harvard Medical School, died shortly before his 90th birthday on September 28, 2007, in the south of France where he was on holiday with his wife, Dorothea.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 7, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Heinrich Dieter Holland, Harry C. Dudley Professor of Economic Geology, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Holland was one of the founding fathers of the geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March, 5, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late William N. Lipscomb, Jr., Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Lipscomb was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976 for his studies on the structure of boranes.
Dr. Mary Ellen Avery died on December 4, 2011 at the age of 84. She was best known to the world for her ground breaking research on the cause of hyaline membrane disease (later called Respiratory Distress Syndrome), an illness that claimed the lives of an estimated 10,000 infants in the United States each year. That discovery catapulted her to leadership positions in the United States and Canada and to the highest honors offered by national societies.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 2, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Dorrit Cohn, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Cohn was internationally recognized as a major literary theorist and was one of the first women to be appointed to tenure at Harvard.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March, 5, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Rolla Milton Tryon, Jr., Professor of Biology, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Tryon was curator of ferns in Gray Herbarium and an authority on the taxonomy and geography of ferns and fern allies.