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Arthur Leo Black AMP ’44

Arthur Leo Black AMP ’44, August 14, 2009, in Davis, California, from complications related to Parkinson's disease. Arthur joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942, and studied physical sciences at Reed in the premeteorology program. He earned a doctorate in comparative physiology from University of California, Davis, in 1951, and was one of the first two students in his field to be elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. During his career at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, he received the Borden Award for innovative research and was recognized as a distinguished teacher of the year. He taught physiological chemistry and retired as professor emeritus in 1992. Arthur served as consultant to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, to the USDA, and to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. “I would not have achieved my career goals without the educational background I received at Reed College,” he stated. In his public obituary, we read: “Everything he did either challenged one to think bigger or to appreciate more. He was an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things.” Arthur was married to Trudi McCue Black for 64 years; they had three daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2010

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