James William "Bill" Osborne
James William (Bill) Osborne, age 87, passed away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville, Iowa.
Bill was born on January 17, 1928 in Pana, Illinois. After receiving a PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1955, he was appointed to a faculty position at the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to full Professor in 1967 and became Director of the Radiation Research Laboratory and Radiation Biology Graduate Program in 1978. Bill retired from the University of Iowa in 2002.
Bill was active in research throughout his career, particularly in studies involving the gastrointestinal tract where he made many seminal contributions. Bill was also very dedicated to the Radiation Research Society (RRS). He attended every single one of the RRS meetings, starting with the inaugural meeting in Iowa City in 1953, as well as every single International Conference of Radiation Research. He served on most committees of the RRS, but his 20-year tenure as Chair of the RRS History Committee stands out. Who does not remember Bill and his camera from many RRS meetings? And what other professional society has historical records of the quantity and quality of the RRS? He also served on the RRS Council (1997-2000) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the RRS in 2001.
Bill was a great mentor, friend, and colleague who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, two sons, and five grandchildren.
Written by: Douglas R. Spitz (Iowa City, IA) and Martin Hauer-Jensen (Little Rock, AR)