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Daniel Caldwell ’58

Daniel Caldwell playing the stand-up bass or cello

Dan worked as a professor of microbiology at the University of Wyoming for 28 years, serving as president of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Throughout his career, he published numerous scientific articles and edited science journals, including serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. In 1999, he authored a textbook, Microbial Physiology and Metabolism.

He was born in Berkeley, California, and studied biology at Reed, writing his thesis on “Growth Rates of Interacting Color Variants of Serratia Marcescens.” After serving in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, he received his MS ad PhD in microbiology from the University of Maryland. Dan’s passions included playing the cello and singing in the choir for community and church events. He was an avid golfer and served as a deacon and elder of the Laramie Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Beckett Caldwell; a sister, Sara Caldwell; and two daughters, Lisa Caldwell and Joan Caldwell Smith.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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