Texas A&M University Department of Biology
  Faculty Emeritus 

S.O. Brown -- A member of the faculty since 1936, Dr. Brown served as director of the Radiation Biology center. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1974. (deceased)

Elenor R. Cox -- Dr. Cox joined the faculty in 1967 and was named Professor Emeritas shortly after her retirement in August 1993. Dr. Cox resided in the Bryan-College Station community until she passed away on June 2, 2002.

Nina L. Caris – Dr. Caris joined the faculty in 1984 to direct the Introductory Biology Program – a position she held until her early retirement in 2003. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Karl Heinz Dahm -- An imaginative organic chemist, Dr. Dahm joined the Department of Biology in 1968. Dr. Dahm passed away in 2010.

Lawrence Dillon -- Dr. Dillon was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1975. Upon retirement he moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. An award for outstanding graduate students was established in his memory soon after he passed away in 1999.

Clifton C. Doak --A member of the faculty since 1926, Dr. Doak served as department head from 1937-1960. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1960. (deceased)

W.J. Dobson -- Dr. Dobson joined the department as an associate professor in 1947. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1978.

William Fife -- A longtime member of our Department from the 1960s through to the early 1980s, Dr. Fife was also the Director of the Hyperbaric Laboratory and did much research on the basic and applied effects of high pressure environments on animal and human physiology and medicine. He pioneered the use of hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of a number of medical conditions, including clearing stubborn skin infections, prevention of gangrene in damaged limbs, and curing of serious intraocular infections. His work on diving physiology safety with the U.S. Navy led to major revisions in the decompression tables. He was an Interim Head of Biology a couple of times, and served in various roles for higher administrators at A&M. He also served as a mentor for some junior faculty. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1984. (deceased)

Bill Foster -- Dr. Foster joined the faculty in 1965 as an Assistant Professor. He received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in 1978 and was a namesake for the 1996 Fish Camp. Upon his retirement in August 1996, Dr. Foster moved to his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He was named Professor Emeritus in September 1996.

Howard Gravett -- Dr. Gravett joined the department in 1946 as an associate professor. He served as the faculty advisor to pre-medical and pre-dental students from 1955 until he retired in 1976. In 1967 he was honored to receive an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Student Relations. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1976. Beloved by his students, an undergraduate scholarship program, the Howard L. Gravett Scholars Program, was established in the 1990s. Dr. Gravett resided in Danvers, Illinois until he passed away on November 12, 2002.

Sewell Hepburn Hopkins (deceased) -- A member of the faculty since 1935, Dr. Hopkins was an internationally recognized parasitologist and marine invertebrate zoologist. He was a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research in 1957. A man of solid character and always a gentleman, "Hoppy" was a bedrock of the department for many years. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1972.

Herman Kleerekoper -- (deceased) An expert in experimental animal behavior, Dr. Kleerekoper joined the department as a senior faculty member in 1968. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1978.

George M. Krise -- Dr. Krise joined the department as the assistant director of the Radiation Biology Center in 1959 and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1982. Dr. Krise still resides in the Bryan-College Station community.

Charles LaMotte -- A member of the faculty since 1930, Dr. LaMotte served as head of the Botany section of the department for several years. In 1957, Dr. LaMotte was presented with an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1964.

John G. Mackin -- A member of the faculty since 1926, Dr. Mackin assumed the role of department head in 1960. He served the department in that capacity until his retirement in 1966. A recipient of the prestigious Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 1970. (deceased)

G.E. Potter -- Dr. Potter joined the faculty in 1939 as a specialist in vertebrate morphology and was assigned the responsibility of upgrading the premedical program. Emeritus date unknown.

Peter Rizzo -- Peter Rizzo joined the Biology Department faculty in 1975 teaching cell biology and working in his lab until retirement in 2008. His research focused on the diverse group of unicellular algae known as dinoflagellates, the only eukaryotes that completely lack histones. He currently resides in Tennessee.

J.J. Sperry --A systemic botanist, Dr. Sperry joined the department in 1941 and was named Professor Emeritus in 1977.

Merrill Sweet -- An insect ecologist, Dr. Sweet came to the Biology Department of Texas A&M University in 1963, became Professor in 1982, and Professor Emeritus of Biology in 2003.

Johannes Van Overbeek -- Dr. Van Overbeek served as department head from 1967-1973 and continued to teach in the department until his retirement in 1978, when he was also named Professor Emeritus. (deceased)

 


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