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Memorial celebration for Dr. Myron Wegman, SPH dean emeritus

A memorial celebration will be held at 3:30 p.m. May 21 for Dr. Myron Wegman, dean emeritus of the School of Public Health (SPH), in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League, 911 N. University. A reception will follow. For more information about the event, contact Terri Mellow, SPH director of communications, at (734) 764-8094 or For more about Wegman, visit

Eugene Studier

Most students and colleagues knew him as "Doc." Eugene Studier, the David M. French Distinguished Professor of Biology, died suddenly March 27. He was 64 and had been a member of the U-M-Flint faculty for nearly 32 years.

(Courtesy U-M-Flint)

"His death is going to leave a huge hole," says biology faculty member Dennis Viele, who was a student of Studier. "He had a huge impact on the students who came through here. They would often tell him how much his class helped them with their later studies."

"Gene was the biology department's backbone and guided the direction of the department for decades," says College of Arts and Sciences Dean D.J. Trela. "His sudden death leaves all of us who knew him and appreciated his commitment to his students, colleagues and friends in the Biology Department and college deeply saddened."

Shortly after his death, the Board of Regents offered a memorial statement in his honor.

"Professor Studier was instrumental in developing the biology curriculum during a period of major growth in the department," the statement said. "He served as department chair from 1978-85 and from 1994-2000, and he was also the impetus in creating the Master of Science in Biology degree program in 2000. Professor Studier served as the director of the degree program and provided the motivating force for its development."

The regents' statement noted that Studier served on 14 departmental and University committees.

Studier received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Dubuque and his doctorate from the University of Arizona. He had more than 90 articles published in refereed journals. His research was widely known and focused on all aspects of bat biology. His expertise in the study of bats earned him the nickname "Batman," and he often traveled to places such as Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico to study the nocturnal creatures. He also wrote about fish, crickets and small mammals.

Studier was an avid golfer. According to his colleagues he would golf almost every day from the start of spring to the end of summer. His other hobbies included fishing and gardening. "He was never, never in a bad mood and (was) one of the nicest people you could ever meet," Viele says. "He brought flowers in every day for the secretaries. He always said there were two things he loved to do—go to work and go home to see his family."

Services for Studier were held March 31 at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint. He is survived by his wife, Ann; children David of St. Ignace, Robb and wife Carrie of Queensbury, N.Y., Hollie and husband John Jacobs, son, Scott, all of New Mexico; and three grandchildren.

A scholarship fund has been established in Studier's name. To date nearly $6,500 has been raised for the fund from donations and a recent bowl-a-thon. Checks can be made to
"U-M-Flint Studier Scholarship" and submitted to the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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