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Jon Carnahan
Longtime NIU chemistry chair Jon Carnahan died Wednesday at his home in Sycamore. He was 60. A well-loved fixture, Carnahan worked in the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for 33 years and had served as department chair since 2006. His passion was working with students. He served as research adviser for 22 Doctor of...
John L. Lewis
John L. Lewis, a champion of community engagement whose NIU career spanned nearly four decades, and whose work will live on through myriad economic development initiatives, died Friday, May 13, in Chicago. He was 71. Lewis retired from NIU in June of 2014 as senior research scholar for health and information technologies, a role in...
Sharon L. Dowen
Sharon L. Dowen, who worked at NIU in Internal Audit from 1983 to 2008 and retired as director of that operation, died May 6 in DeKalb. She was 70. Dowen received an Outstanding Service Award from the Operating Staff Council in 2008. She also was one of NIU’s 25 Amazing Women in 2006 when the...
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Monique J. Lemaître Leon, who retired from NIU in 2004 after 20 years as a professor of Latin American language and literature, died Nov. 5 in Pittsburgh. She was 81. According to the Summer 2004 edition of Encuentros, a newsletter of the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Lemaître focused her scholarly work...
Clyde Kimball
For five decades, physicist Clyde Kimball – a man of big ideas, immutable passion and abundant kindness – was a fixture on the Northern Illinois University campus. An NIU distinguished research professor, he is credited with cementing the university’s collaborative ties with Argonne National Laboratory, attracting tens of millions of dollars in funding for research...
Political scientist Dwight King, an expert in Indonesia, collected numerous artifacts from the country over the course of his career, including Indonesian puppets.
In 1978, the Department of Political Science hired Dwight King, an Indonesian specialist from Connecticut College. Clark Neher had been teaching political science and Thai studies at NIU for nearly a decade, and the two Southeast Asian scholars soon became fast friends as colleagues, neighbors and as companions on early morning runs four times a...
J. Ivan Legg
J. Ivan Legg, provost at NIU from July of 2001 until his retirement in the spring of 2006, died Aug. 4 in Vancouver, Wash. He was 77. Legg became well-known rather quickly in DeKalb when he chose to live in a second-floor apartment in Stevenson Towers for the fall semester of 2001. “Students are what...
Robert L. LaConto
Robert L. LaConto, who taught broadcast journalism at NIU from 1964 until his retirement in 1990, died Thursday, July 30, in DeKalb. He was 91. LaConto won NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award during his final semester on the faculty. Students considered him not only an aspirational teacher and mentor but a friend. “Professor LaConto...
David Kyvig
NIU Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus David Edward Kyvig, a noted Constitutional historian and specialist on recent America, whose 1996 book “Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995” was awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Henry Adams Prize, died on Monday, June 22, at George Washington University Hospital after a lifelong battle with diabetes....
Gian Sarup
Gian Sarup, a professor of sociology at NIU from 1972 until his retirement in 2000, died Friday, June 12, in DeKalb after a long fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 82. Sarup, who also chaired the Department of Sociology for six years, specialized in social psychology, attitude change and research methods. Born March...
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Heinz Osterle, professor emeritus of German foreign languages and literatures at NIU, died Monday, May 4. He was 82. “Heinz was a well-liked teacher and a special mentor to everybody in German, always very supportive,” said Katharina Barbe, chair of the NIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. “He and his wife Dale were also...
Robert L. Even
Robert Lawrence Even, who joined NIU in September of 1963 as an associate professor of art and retired nearly 30 years later, died Tuesday, April 7, in DeKalb. He was 85. Even served as chair of the Department of Art from 1974 to 1990; it became known as the School of Art in 1987. During...
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