Northwestern Medicine expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the following alumni (listed in order of their graduation year) and faculty who have passed away. All dates are in 2023.


Byron E. Truax, ’51 DDS 

March 4 

Houston, TX 

Dean D. Baker, ’52 DDS 

January 23 

Marshalltown, IA 

Robert A. Schnell, ’54 DDS 

January 26 

Arlington Heights, IL 

David W. Bohn, ’56 DDS 

January 5 

Santa Barbara, CA 

G. Stephen Scholly, ’56 MD 

January 23 

Glenview, IL 

Thomas H. Casey, ’57 MD 

February 10 

Rochester, NY 

Florence C. Jacobsen ’58 BSDH 

January 6 

Los Angeles, CA 

Barbara Beck, ’59 BSDH 

March 20 

Sturgeon Bay, WI 

Thomas L. Bruck, ’60 DDS 

March 1 

Boise, ID 

Bernard D. Martin, ’60 MD 

August 19 

Arlington Heights, IL 

Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts, MD, ’60 GME, ’63 GME  (*faculty member) 

January 25 

Elmhurst, IL 

Alan Lerner, ’61 MD 

March 21 

Lake Forest, IL 

Joanne C. Schamberger, ’61 BSDH 

March 26 

Freeport, IL 

Riccardo M. Benvenuto, ’62 GME 

March 23 

Chicago, IL 

Hans W. Jung, ’64 DDS, ’69 MS 

December 27 

Olympia, WA 

Richard J. Andrews, ’68 DDS 

March 30 

Sun City West, AZ 

Robert M. Weir, ’69 MD 

January 14 

Sedona, AZ 

Sister Shirley Kamentz, ’70 CERT 

March 5 

Dubuque, IA 

Diane S. Horne, ’74 PhD 

March 23 

Lindenhurst, IL 

Leslie A. Pliskin, ’74 BSM, ’76 MD 

February 14 

Corvallis, OR 

Myron L. Powell ’74 DDS 

January 26 

Kennewick, WA 

Denise Kennedyn ’86 CERT 

January 10 

Fountain Hills, AZ 

Reverend Wesley Gene Robinson-McNeese, ’90 MD 

September 18 

Springfield, IL 


Robert A. Lamb, PhD, professor emeritus, Microbiology-Immunology

September 2


Robert A. Lamb, PhD

Robert A. Lamb, PhD, professor emeritus, department of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, died September 2, 2023. He was 72. Lamb was an internationally recognized authority on influenza and paramyxoviruses. He made major contributions to the understanding of the molecular structure and the mechanism of replication of these disease-causing negative-strand RNA viruses. Lamb’s research revealed fundamental properties of the virus life cycles that have been crucial to the development of new vaccines and medicines.

“Bob was an integral member of our department, an outstanding scientist and a generous colleague,” said Amy Rosenzweig, PhD, the Weinberg Family Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences and chair of the department of molecular biosciences at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. “His unwavering enthusiasm for and support of structural biology positively impacted the careers of many in the department, including myself.”

Lamb, the Kenneth F. Burgess Professor of Molecular Biosciences in Weinberg College, retired in 2022 from the University after 39 years of service. He also served as chair of the molecular biosciences department and was an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) since 1991.

“Bob Lamb was an eminent scientist who advanced our understanding of viruses,” Provost Kathleen Hagerty said. “He also was dedicated to mentoring young scientists, from undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows, for 40 years. Bob will be missed by many.”