The Rev. Dr. Paul A Lachance, professor emeritus of food science, passed away on January 21, 2017 in Somerset, NJ; he was 83. Before his 40-year career as a Rutgers professor, Lachance was responsible for establishing the hazard analysis and critical control points system (HACCP) to make food safer and for the research and development […]
H. Boyd Woodruff (CC’43) Distinguished research scholar H. Boyd Woodruff passed away on January 19, 2017 at the age of 99. Woodruff studied under Selman Waksman as a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and discovered the first antibiotic in Rutgers history, actinomycin, which has been used in treating Wilms Disease, a childhood cancer. […]
George Wulster, professor and extension specialist in floriculture in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers, died on June 14 at the age of 66. A resident of Lebanon, NJ, he retired after 36 years at Rutgers as a professor emeritus in January 2014. Wulster received his Ph.D. in post-harvest physiology from Rutgers […]
Associate Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Mary Jane Willis (1948–2015), who for 40 years has served RCE with diligence and dedication, passed away on December 5, 2015. Mary Jane’s outstanding service to RCE began as an extension home economist in October 1975, a position she held until she became a Foods and Nutrition Program […]
Noel W. Hinners, a geologist and soil chemist who helped NASA launch some of its farthest-reaching scientific probes into space – to retrieve moon rocks, map the surface of Mars and peer beyond intergalactic dust to where stars are born – died on Frida…
Professor Emeritus of Plant Breeding and Genetics Bernard “Bernie” Pollack passed away on July 14, at the age of 94. Pollack joined Rutgers in 1960 as faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Forestry and retired in 1985. While his work in vegetable breeding extended to eggplant, pepper and tomatoes, Pollack is most renowned for […]
Brevoort C. Conover, a former Warren County 4-H Agent and New Jersey State 4-H Youth Development department chair, died peacefully at his home in Bethlehem, Pa on April 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 83. Conover proudly served as faculty of…
Professor Emeritus Roy H. DeBoer passed away on March 17, 2014. Roy played a seminal role in the formation of the landscape architecture program at Rutgers and in New Jersey. His teaching career at Rutgers, which started in 1955, spanned more than 50 years. Founder of the Landscape Architecture program, he served as a full […]
Peter Rona, Rona, professor of marine science and earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers since 1994, was best known for his exploration of hydrothermal vents in the ocean’s Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He also served as a science director for the renowned IMAX film Volcanoes of the Deep. Read more at Rutgers Today.
Peter A. Rona, an oceanographer who dived into the depths of the world’s seas and surprised his peers by discovering vast mounds spewing hot smoke at the bottom of the icy Atlantic, exciting interests in deep-sea mining and the origins of life on earth, died on Feb. 20 in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 79. The cause was complications related to multiple myeloma, according to Rutgers University, where Dr. Rona was a professor of earth and planetary sciences. Fascinated by the mysteries of what he called “the last frontier on earth,” Dr. Rona specialized in exploring the dark abyss for more than a half-century, starting around 1960…”I was one of those kids who collected rocks and minerals, climbed mountains, loved the outdoors and identified with geology,” he told a Rutgers publication.