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Frederick William SUNDERMAN Jr.

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SUNDERMAN, Frederick William, Jr. Frederick William Sunderman, Jr. died of metastatic cancer in Middlebury, Vermont on April 1, 2011. He was 79. Bill was born June 23, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Clara Louise Sunderman and F. William Sunderman Sr. He graduated as valedictorian from Central High School in Philadelphia in 1948, and graduated with a BS degree from Emory University in Atlanta in 1952. In 1955 he earned an MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. From 1958 to 1960 he was a lieutenant in the US Navy, serving as Chief of the Clinical Chemistry Service at the US Naval Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1960 to 1961 he was the chief of the Clinical Chemistry Service at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Beginning in 1961 Bill began a sustained and prolific career as a medical school professor, first at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He was subsequently a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from 1964 to 1968. In 1968 Bill moved to Farmington, Connecticut, where he was a professor and chair of pharmacology, nutrition, and toxicology at the University of Connecticut Medical School until his retirement from the university in 1997. During his distinguished career Bill authored and co-authored hundreds of publications, mostly focused on metal toxicology, with a special emphasis on nickel metabolism and carcinogenesis. In 1997 Bill and his wife Carolyn moved to Whiting, Vermont, where he continued his scholarship. From 1997 until his death he was a research professor of pathology at the University of Vermont, and a visiting scholar in chemistry and biochemistry at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He was also the editor of the Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science during his retirement years in the Green Mountain State. A critical complement to Bill's career in medical research was his abiding joy for art. Bill was a highly accomplished violist. He integrated his love of art, especially chamber music, with his professional, family and social lives. He will be intensely missed by a remarkable diversity of friends. Many of these friends bonded with Bill and his family through weekly evenings of chamber music. These sessions were typically followed by convivial and uplifting conversation. Bill was consistently optimistic and profuse in his encouragement of friends, colleagues, and family members. This core personality trait helped to inspire compassion and excellence in the lives of many people he encountered. Bill's beloved wife Carolyn predeceased him in 2002. His brother Joel Baily Sunderman and sister Louise Lehr Sunderman also predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Emily L. Sunderman and Michael J. Lee, of Cornwall, Vermont; daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth R. Sunderman and Robert C. Hauck of Salt Lake City, Utah; son and daughter-in-law Frederick W. Sunderman III and Kathleen L. Sunderman of Freeland, Michigan; mother-in-law Frances L. Reynolds of Chestertown, Maryland; grandson Carter S. Lee of Cornwall, Vermont; granddaughters Hailey L. and Caitlin E. Hauck of Salt Lake City; grandson F. William Sunderman IV and granddaughter Chloe E. Sunderman of Freeland, Michigan. Funeral services will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Vermont on April 4 at 2 p.m.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 4, 2011
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