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Professor Don C. Wiley, 1944-2001
Updated January 15, 2002


On January 14, 2002, the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office issued a report indicating that an accidental fall from a bridge into the Mississippi River was the probable cause of death for Professor Don C. Wiley. Professor Wiley was first reported missing by the Memphis, Tenn., police on November 16. His body was recovered from the Mississippi River on December 20. A memorial fund has been established in Don Wiley's honor. The fund will support graduate student research, education, and other special activities in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. To contribute, e-mail juliab@mcb.harvard.edu, call (617) 495-4448, or send a check (Don Wiley Memorial Fund) to: Julia Blackbourn, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA. A memorial service is being planned for late February.
"I'm afraid that nothing can mitigate the sadness we feel about the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Don Wiley. I do appreciate the information provided by the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office about the circumstances of his passing."
Jeremy R. Knowles
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
January 14, 2002


"All of us are profoundly saddened by the news of Don Wiley's death. He was a brilliant biologist and a greatly admired member of this community, and his loss leaves a tremendous void. My deepest sympathies are with his family, friends, students and colleagues at this very difficult time."
Lawrence H. Summers
President, Harvard University
December 21, 2001
Don Wiley
Professor Don C. Wiley, 1944-2001


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