In memoriam

Paul D. Ray

Paul D. Ray  

Paul D. Ray, professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota, died in July of cancer. He was 79. Ray, a native of Illinois, grew up on his family’s farm south of Monmouth. He completed his undergrad studies at the nearby Monmouth College in 1956 and then earned his doctorate in biochemistry in 1962 under Nobel laureate Edward Doisy at St. Louis University. He took on a postdoctoral stint with Henry Lardy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later accepted an assistant professorship at the university’s Enzyme Institute. In 1967, he moved to the University of North Dakota, where he dedicated 47 years to studying liver enzymes, diabetes and blood sugar and educating new generations of scientists. In particular, he participated in the American Indians into Medicine Program, or INMED, and, sports fan that he was, helped recruit student athletes with affinities for fundamental science. Both his teaching and research were recognized with numerous awards. Though he retired in 1997, he continued to lecture as an emeritus professor until just a couple of months before his death.

 

Colin A. Wraight

Colin Wraight  

Colin A. Wraight, professor emeritus and a former administrator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, died of cancer in July at the age of 68. A Londoner by birth, Wraight earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1971, both at the University of Bristol. He held postdoc positions at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and at Cornell University in New York. His first faculty position was at the University of California at Santa Barbara, but he found his true professional home at Urbana-Champaign in 1975, rising from an assistant professor to director of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology in the 1990s and then chairman of the biochemistry department in the 2000s. In his lab, Wraight used biochemical and biophysical techniques to study membrane proteins and how they catalyze electron and proton transfer in biological energy conversion. Colleagues recall him as a passionate teacher and mentor and an endlessly hospitable and generous host.