Category: Obituaries

Piero Weiss, 83, pianist and musicologist at Peabody

October 17, 2011

Musicologist and pianist Piero Weiss, a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty since 1985, died of pneumonia on Oct. 2 at the age of 83. He was still teaching during the current semester. “Dr. Weiss improved a generation and a half of Peabody students,” wrote Paul Mathews, associate dean for academic affairs, in his blog […]

James Connaughton, pediatric psychiatrist, beloved teacher, 80

September 19, 2011

James Patrick Connaughton, professor emeritus of psychiatry and pediatrics and a superbly talented clinician who treated and cared for some of East Baltimore’s most vulnerable children, died on Sept. 11 at his Woodbrook home. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Connaughton, who was 80, had been treated for the disease at the Johns Hopkins […]

Joseph Brady, pioneering behavioral neuroscientist, dies at 89

August 15, 2011

Joseph Vincent Brady, an internationally renowned behavioral scientist and a Johns Hopkins faculty member for more than 40 years, died July 29 at the age of 89. He will be remembered, his colleagues say, not just as a researcher but as a revered teacher and mentor, successful program builder, avid boater and engaging man with […]

Nathan Krasnopoler, 20, Whiting School undergraduate

August 15, 2011

Nathan Krasnopoler, a 20-year-old undergraduate in the Whiting School of Engineering, died on the morning of Aug. 10 at the Gilchrist Center Howard County, a hospice near his family’s home in suburban Baltimore. His entire family was with him. Krasnopoler, a computer science major and a member of the class of 2013, was severely injured […]

Biologist Saul Roseman, 90, champion of serendipitous discovery

July 18, 2011

Saul Roseman, an emeritus professor who taught and conducted research for 46 years in the Department of Biology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, died July 2 of congestive heart failure. He was 90. Roseman came to Johns Hopkins in 1965 and was named the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Biology in 1975. […]

Alison Geyh of SPH, 52, studied air pollution at ground zero

March 7, 2011

Alison Geyh, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, died Feb. 20 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52. Geyh joined the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in 2000 and built an international reputation with her work on air pollution, in which she applied her skills as a […]

Henry Tom, 64, longtime executive editor at JHU Press

February 7, 2011

Henry Y.K. Tom, longtime executive editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press, died unexpectedly on Jan. 10. He was 64. “Henry had retired just this summer,” said Press director Kathleen Keane, “and by all accounts was enjoying himself tremendously. His contributions to publishing and scholarship were many and well-known, and we are all deeply saddened […]

Richard Oles, JHU fencing coach for 44 years, dies at 77

February 7, 2011

Richard Francis “Dick” Oles, who coached Johns Hopkins fencing athletes to more than 600 team victories over 44 years, died Jan. 27 after being struck by a vehicle while walking during a snowstorm along Mountain Road in Anne Arundel County, near his home. He was 77. Oles was head coach of the university’s men’s fencing […]

Harry Marks, historian of medicine, dies at 64

February 7, 2011

Harry M. Marks, an associate professor in the History of Medicine Department at the School of Medicine and the Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Professor of Medical History since 1989, died at his home in Baltimore on Jan. 25 of prostate cancer. He was 64. Author of The Progress of Experiment: Science and Therapeutic […]

Charles O’Melia, 76, expert in water, wastewater treatment

January 3, 2011

Charles R. O’Melia, one of the world’s leading water treatment researchers, who also mentored more than 100 environmental engineering graduate students during almost three decades at The Johns Hopkins University, died Dec. 16, at age 76. Mary O’Melia, his wife of 54 years, said that her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer shortly after Thanksgiving […]

John P. Doering, 73, professor of chemistry for four decades

January 3, 2011

John P. Doering, a longtime faculty member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, died at home in Baltimore County on Dec. 13 from cardiac arrest. He was 73. Doering graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins in 1958 and joined the faculty in 1964 after earning his doctorate at the […]

Casey Butler, 18, bassoon student at Peabody Conservatory

November 29, 2010

Casey Butler, a first-year undergraduate in the Peabody Conservatory studying bassoon and music education, lost consciousness during her weekly bassoon lesson on Nov. 15 and was rushed to the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center. She could not be revived. “In a small community such as ours, a loss such as this touches every individual. I […]

Owen Phillips, world-renowned JH oceanographer, dies at 79

October 25, 2010

Owen Martin Phillips, a Johns Hopkins University faculty member emeritus and renowned oceanographer, died on Oct. 13 at his Chestertown, Md., home. He was 79. Phillips was world-famous for devising a methodology for predicting and describing the shape of ocean waves and, in particular, giant waves—10-story upheavals of the sea surface—knowledge of which is essential […]

Frederick Jelinek, 77, pioneer in speech and text understanding technology

September 20, 2010

Frederick Jelinek, a Johns Hopkins University faculty member whose research laid the foundation for modern speech recognition and text translation technology, died on Sept. 14 while working at the Homewood campus. He was 77. During 21 years at IBM Research and nearly two decades at Johns Hopkins, Jelinek pioneered the statistical methods that enable modern […]

John Russell-Wood, 70, noted historian with eclectic interests

August 30, 2010

Anthony John R. Russell-Wood, the Herbert Baxter Adams Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University and a widely published expert in the history and culture of pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, died Aug. 13 at his Lutherville home after a brief illness. A faculty member at Johns Hopkins since 1971, Russell-Wood, 70, was a […]

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