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Arthur Whiteley passed away at his home in Seattle on April 15, 2013, following a brief illness. He was 96 years old. Arthur retired Professor Emeritus from University of Washington and was known internationally for his extensive research on sea urchin development.

Arthur was born in Dowagiac, Michigan, December 17, 1916 and earned his BA from Kalamazoo College and MS from University of Wisconsin. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and completed his PhD at Princeton in 1945. He began his career at the University of Washington in 1947 and taught Cell Biology and Introductory Biology. Arthur continued his research and teaching at the U of W Friday Harbor Laboratories and was instrumental in developing a Comparative Invertebrate Embryology course that has since attracted students from around the world.

He married Helen Riaboff who became a worldwide renowned geneticist. Following Helen's death in 1990, Arthur founded the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories, a retreat for scholars of all disciplines and for artists of all professions.

He is survived by nephew Hank Livingston (Linda), niece Phyllis Mumaw (Mike), niece Sara Anne Stulga (Chuck), brother-in-law Peter Riaboff (Ellen) and close friend and Helen's cousin Vera Stasuk (Boris) and many great nephews and nieces.

A memorial gathering has been planned for family and friends on Sunday, October 6, at the University of Washington Club on the U of W campus from 2 to 5 p.m.

At the request of the family, remembrances may be sent to the "Arthur H. Whiteley Memorial Fund" to benefit the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center. Please contact Rachel Anderson ([email protected]) to make a donation.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 21, 2013
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