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Rufus Worth Lumry II Obituary

Lumry, Rufus Worth II 92, Minneapolis, MN., died March 23, 2013, after a four month illness. He was born November 3, 1920 in Bismarck, ND to Rufus Worth Lumry and Mabel Will Lumry. Rufus received his B.S. in Chemistry from Harvard College in 1942. During World War II he was associated with the National Defense Research Committee. Following the war, he returned to Harvard and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics in 1948. It was at this time that his interest in enzymes developed. After completing a fellowship in Utah, he moved to the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in l954, and quickly rose in rank, becoming Full Professor in l956. He was the author of more than 130 publications in the field of protein biophysical chemistry. In the 1960s and 1970s he also spent time in leading laboratories in the field of protein chemistry in Denmark, Italy, Germany and Japan. Additionally, he was involved in organizing major scientific conferences, including a Gordon Conference, and was an influential participant and organizer of the Red Cell and Hemoglobin Program Project Grant awarded to the University of Minnesota in the 1970s and 1980s. He was recipient of numerous grants from National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Navy. Although he retired from the University of Minnesota in 1990, his career extended well beyond his retirement. His 1995 chapter about new paradigms of protein research and his 2003 paper on protein substructures were significant contributions to the field. Until late 2012 he also presided over the Lumry Lunch group of former students and colleagues who met monthly for over 15 years. Rufus was renowned for his humor, intelligence, and passion for science-truly he was one of a kind. He is survived by his children, Rufus Worth Lumry III (Patricia), Bellevue, WA, Ann Lumry (Bo Hedlund), St. Paul, MN and Stephen Lumry (Shirley), Bellevue, WA, his grandchildren Amanda Wengerd (Loren), Kirkland, WA, Rufus Lumry IV (Amy) Atlanta, GA, Christopher Lumry, Cambridge, MA, Erik Hedlund (Julianne), Minneapolis, MN, and Emilie Hedlund, Minneapolis, MN and his six great grand-children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife Gayle Kelly Comfort, and his life partner Bernice (Maria) Meyer. The family would like to thank the staff of Carondelet Village, North Memorial Hospice and the Fairview Hospice team for their kindness and wonderful care, and to all of the friends and family who supported Rufus as his health declined we send our deepest appreciation. A celebration of Rufus' life will be held at the Campus Club in Coffman Union on the University of Minnesota Campus, 300 Washington Avenue SE Minneapolis, Sunday, April 28th at 1:30 pm. Memorials are preferred to the Science Museum of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood, and the MN Network of Hospice and Palliative Care.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.
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92, of Minneapolis, MN Died March 23, 2013 in St. Paul, MN Rufus was born November 3, 1920 in Bismarck, ND to Rufus Worth Lumry and Mabel Will Lumry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1942 and in... Read Obituary

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