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James O. Schenk

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James O. Schenk

Pullman, WA

James O. Schenk, 60, professor of Chemistry at WSU, died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Pullman Regional Hospital of cancer.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 AM at the Community Congregational Church in Pullman. Rev. Kristine Zakarison will officiate. A luncheon reception will follow.

James was born August 30, 1952 in Savannah, Georgia to Leonard H. Schenk, Jr. and Sheely Little Schenk. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Wade Hampton high school in 1970. As a Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Biophysics, he completed his undergraduate work at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, studied clinical chemistry at Georgia State University and received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and neuroscience at the University of Kansas. He subsequently spent one year as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research training fellow and two years as a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellow in the Neuropsychopharmacology Research Unit at Yale University School of Medicine. He remained at Yale for an additional year as a Postdoctoral Associate before joining the Washington State University faculty in the summer of 1986. He married Carrie Giovannini in Moscow, Idaho February 4, 2006. Jim was an avid photographer. He liked the outdoors and especially enjoyed the family cabin in Saluda, North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife Carrie at their Pullman home; children Nicholas Stannard-Schenk of Bellingham, WA, Nathaniel Stannard-Schenk of Lawrence, KS, and Genevieve Stannard-Schenk of Lawrence, KS; step-children Matthew and Michael Larson both of Pullman; his mother, Sheely Little Miller of Greenville, SC; a sister, Carol Sheely Schenk of Columbia, SC; step-brothers Eslie L. Miller, III of Saluda, NC and Kyle H. Miller of Tampa, FL. and a step-sister, Nancy M. Studt of Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his father, his step-father Eslie L. Miller, a step-brother, Steven H. Miller and his brother Leonard Herman Schenk III. Memorial gifts may be made to a scholarship fund in his name at the WSU Chemistry Department. On-line guest book is at

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.

Published in The Greenville News on Feb. 5, 2013
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