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Faculty News: Glory And A Loss

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Two significant faculty notes to pass on: first, congratulations to Duke's Robert Lefkowitz, who will share in this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry (also honored: Stanford's Brian Kobilka) for breakthrough research into G-protein-coupled receptors.

And on a sadder note, long-time chemistry professor Pelham Wilder has died at the age of 92. He came to Duke in 1949, which, to put that in perspective is four years after the death of Adolph Hitler and not long before the Eisenhower Administration started.

Many of you will know his daughter, Sterly, who is secretary-treasurer of the Duke Alumni Association board of directors and is the associate vice president of alumni affairs.

Dr. Wilder taught generations of Duke students and apparently had a ball doing it. This quote from the article in the Durham paper is from 1999: "Nobody could have had a happier life. The university's really been good to me and my family. If I could do it all over again, I don't think I'd change a thing. I don't think many people can say that."

Not many schools are lucky enough to have faculty that committed. He'll be missed, to say the least.

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