JAMES WILLIAM OSTERBURG

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OSTERBURG--James William, of Tampa, FL, died on November 23, 2012 at the Suncoast Hospice in Palm Harbor, FL He was 95. Born on January 27, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Far Rockaway High School and then from Brooklyn College in 1938. He joined the New York City Police Department in 1940 as part of the crime laboratory and he retired as a detective first grade in 1960. He then became a professor of Forensic Science at Indiana University at Bloomington and in 1967 he moved to the University of California at Berkeley, as a visiting professor. In 1972, he became the head of the department Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a respected and beloved professor and administrator until his retirement in 1980. Upon leaving Chicago, he and his beloved wife Julia moved to Florida. There he continued to write books on the proper use and gathering of crime scene evidence. Julia died in 2001 of cancer. He is survived by four sons James and his wife Elizabeth, Walter and his wife Carol, William and Robert and his wife Diana; and three grandchildren, Andrew, Mathew and his wife Allison and Mara and one great-grandchild Nicolas. A memorial services was held in Tampa and a family service will be held in May, 2013 in Indianapolis. Contributions may be sent to the at www.cancer.org or to Narsad, www.bbrfoundation.org.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 11, 2013
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