Nathan Aronson, 1940 – 2015

Nathan Aronson, former professor and chairman of the University of South Alabama’s biochemistry department, passed away at his home in Mobile, Ala., in March at the age of 74.

Aronson was born on Dec. 8, 1940, in Dallas. After receiving an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Rice University, he attended Duke University for graduate school.

Aronson met his wife of 50 years, Judy Fuller Aronson, while earning his biochemistry Ph.D. at Duke.The two spent the first three decades of their marriage in State College, Penn., where Aronson served as a professor of biochemistry at Penn State University. They moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1992, where Aronson became chairman of the biochemistry department at the University of South Alabama Medical School and served until his retirement in 2007.

Aronson’s research, for which he garnered numerous awards over the course of his career, primarily focused on diseases related to the digestion of tissue proteins. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship and was elected president of the Association of Chairmen of Biochemistry Departments of Medical Schools (now the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry). Additionally, his mentor, Christian de Duve, recognized him during his 1974 Nobel prize acceptance speech.

Erik Chaulk Erik Chaulk is a peer-review coordinator at the ASBMB.