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2024: Stanford remembers

Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2024.


Rod Ewing, MS ’72, PhD ’74, the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, died July 13.


Susan Anderes, who in her 25-year career at Stanford made significant contributions as a librarian and web developer, died June 6 in Mountain View.


H. Bruce Franklin, PhD ’61, a professor of English whose dismissal from Stanford over his opposition to the Vietnam War set off a national debate about academic freedom, died May 19 in El Cerrito.

Wu Liu, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology at Stanford Medicine who developed imaging techniques and radiation treatments for cancer, died May 14.

Alice Rayner, professor emerita of critical theory and dramatic literature, a prolific scholar who was beloved by students for her humor and intelligence, died May 11 in Kenwood, California.

Roger Corman, BS ’47, producer or director of hundreds of horror, science fiction, and crime films, died May 9 in Santa Monica, California.


Donald E. Petersen, MBA ’49, former Ford Motor Co. CEO who spent 41 years with the automaker, died April 24 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Janice “Wes” Brown, MD, a professor of blood and marrow transplantation who innovated stem-cell therapies for immunocompromised patients and helped put them into clinical use, died April 14.

A.C. Matin, PhD, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology at Stanford Medicine, who in nearly 50 years on the faculty studied a wide range of topics, died April 14.

Richard Christensen, a research professor emeritus of aeronautics and astronautics and of mechanical engineering, and a noted expert in the field of the mechanics of materials, died April 12 in Walnut Creek.

James Sutter Kason, MFA ’70, artist, musician, singer, actor, composer, and teacher, died April 12.

Lubert Stryer, MD, professor emeritus of structural biology and of neurobiology at Stanford Medicine, known for his fundamental discoveries in fluorescence spectroscopy, died April 8 at Stanford.


Elizabeth “Betsy” Mellins, MD, professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine who studied autoimmune disease, died March 24.

Marjorie Perloff, the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor in Humanities, Emerita, a leading scholar of contemporary poetry and champion of experimental poetry, died March 24 in Los Angeles.

Amy Jordana Ettinger, a Bay Area author and Stanford Continuing Studies writing instructor, died March 20 in Santa Cruz.

Charles “Chuck” Kwok Fai Chan, PhD, assistant professor of surgery at Stanford Medicine and stem cell researcher, died March 12 at Stanford.

George Mitchel “Bud” Homsy, professor emeritus of chemical engineering who performed pioneering research in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, died March 12.

George Hahn, PhD, professor emeritus of radiation oncology at Stanford Medicine who pioneered the use of heat to help treat cancer, died March 10 in Carmel Highlands, California.

David Korn, MD, professor emeritus of pathology, former dean of the School of Medicine and a former vice president for medical affairs at the university, died March 10 in Boston.

Walter Harrison, professor emeritus of applied physics, researcher and author in solid state physics, the theory of metals, semiconductors, and electronic structure, died March 6 at Stanford.

John Giammalva, student services manager in the School of Humanities and Sciences’ Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, who worked for 20 years supporting students at Stanford, died March 4.


Susan Martin, a faculty affairs associate in the School of Humanities and Sciences dean’s office who worked at Stanford for almost 20 years, died Feb. 29.

Sarah Muller, visiting doctoral student researcher in the Department of Classics and a fellow at the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, died Feb. 19 in Palo Alto.

Clayton W. Bates Jr., professor emeritus of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, an expert in photosensitive materials who worked to promote equity in STEM education, died Feb. 18 in Palo Alto.

Art Barnes, DMA ’65, professor emeritus of music and director of the Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band for 34 years, died Feb. 5.

Karen Weiss Mulder, BA ’94, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at the Hoover Institution, died Feb. 2 in Cooke County, Texas.


N. Scott Momaday, AM ’60, PhD ’63, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and member of the English faculty from 1972 to 1981, died Jan. 24 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Alistair Philip, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics who made significant advances in understanding and treating infections in newborns, died Jan. 21.

Gordon Taylor, MD, adjunct clinical professor emeritus of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, died Jan. 14 in Wailuku, Hawaii.