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2020: Stanford remembers

Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2020.

June

Lucius J. Barker, the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, who broke through racial barriers to become a leader in constitutional law, civil liberties and African American politics, died June 21 in Menlo Park.

Gordon Bower, the Albert Ray Lang Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, who spent his entire career at Stanford and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2005 as one of the nation’s most influential experimental psychologists and learning theorists of the 20th century, died June 17 at Stanford.

William Dement, MD, PhD, the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus, a founder of sleep medicine and legendary teacher whose undergraduate Sleep and Dreams course was taken by some 20,000 students, died June 17.

James Meindl, the John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, a towering figure from the earliest days of integrated circuitry, died June 7, in Greensboro, Georgia.

A. Dale Kaiser, the Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, and professor emeritus of developmental biology, a founding member of Stanford’s Department of Biochemistry who made fundamental discoveries that were instrumental in ushering in the era of recombinant DNA, or gene-splicing, technology, died June 5 at Stanford.

Chris Lundin, emeritus staff member and Amy J. Blue Award winner in 2002, who started his Stanford career in Information Technology Systems and Services in 1985 and moved through a variety of positions, always in the IT area, until his retirement in December 2019, died June 4 in Palo Alto.

Roland Finston, a health physicist and expert in radionuclide dosimetry in Environmental Health & Safety from 1966 to 1995 and a former president of the Staff Bowling League, died June 3 in Palo Alto.

May

William Brulé Johnson, who spent his entire career at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, working in high-energy physics centered on hadronic spectroscopy with Group B and later focusing on development of scientific computing, died May 31.

Robert K. Jaedicke, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Emeritus, at Stanford Graduate School of Business, a gifted manager of people and a visionary leader in management who served on the accounting faculty for more than 30 years, and in leadership positions for almost 20 years, died May 24 in Cody, Wyoming.

Richard “Dick” Behrman, MD, pediatrician, educator and pivotal figure at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, died May 17 in Santa Barbara, California.

Zach Hoffpauir, BA ’17, assistant football coach at the University of Northern Colorado, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, died May 14 in Arizona.

April

Fuad Shennib, PhD student in marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business, died April 30 in Oakland, California.

William “Bill” Garrison, retired dean of the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries who spent part of his career at Stanford, died April 28 in Tampa, Florida.

Eavan Boland, the Melvin and Bill Lane Director of the Creative Writing Program and the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities, a pioneering figure in Irish poetry who was treasured at Stanford for her transformative teaching, died April 27 in Dublin, Ireland.

Barbara Van Deventer, MA ’80, a social sciences and government documents librarian at the Stanford Libraries from 1976 to 1988, died April 22 in Cayucos, California.

Donald Kennedy, Stanford University President Emeritus; the Bing Professor in Environmental Science, Emeritus; and senior fellow, emeritus, of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; a neurobiologist who became the eighth president of Stanford in 1980 and helped set the stage for its transformation into one of the nation’s top research universities during his 12 years in office, died April 21 in Redwood City.

Barbara Babcock, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, a pioneering attorney who was instrumental in the establishment of today’s Public Defender Service before becoming the first woman to serve on the faculty at Stanford Law School, died April 18 at Stanford.

Stuart Macmillan, MS ’80, PhD ’84, a long-time lecturer in sustainable energy technologies at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, as well as an advisor to the Precourt Institute for Energy, died April 9 in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

Langston Wesley, an undergraduate student majoring in art practice, died April 4 in San Jose.

March

Chitra Dinakar, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, and founder of Stanford Health Care’s first allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency clinic for adult patients, died March 27 in Mountain View.

February

R. Gene Brown, a former member of the accounting faculty and dean of admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business, died Feb. 23.

Leslie Zatz, MD, professor emeritus of radiology at the School of Medicine who envisioned the framework behind some of today’s most advanced practices in radiology and AI-powered diagnostics, died Feb. 21 in Palo Alto.

Athena Milatovich Cherry, PhD, professor of pathology and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory for over 20 years, died Feb. 4 at Stanford.

January

Eitan Michael Weiner, sophomore planning to major in history, died Jan. 17 at Stanford.