Anne Dranginis Ph.D.
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Anne Dranginis, PhD, the daughter of the late Dr. Edward Dranginis and Nancy Dranginis of DeLand, FL, died April 18th at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 66. A much honored professor of biology at St. John's University in New York, Dr. Dranginis, will be remembered as the discoverer of the FLO11 gene which programs the cell adhesion protein in yeast. She will also be remembered by hundreds of students for her "Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology" and "Molecular Biology" courses which built the foundation and interest in molecular biology in young scientific minds. Equally important to her was her course on "Evolution" taught to undergraduates. Dr. Dranginis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Mas-sachusetts. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Michigan. She then worked as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She became a professor at St. John's University in 1992, running a research lab and teaching. In recognition of her achievements in the scientific community she was elected a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014. A strong supporter of civil rights and women's rights, she led a "slack in" at Marquette University in Milwaukee to protest the dress code requiring women to wear skirts or dresses to class in the 60's. She was a founding member of the St. John's Women in Science Society. She is survived by her mother Nancy Dranginis of DeLand, FL, her devoted partner Dr. Philip Furmanski of New Jersey, her sister Margaret Chevalier of Atlanta, her sister Dr. Patricia Dranginis Shulman (Capt. Harvey) of DeLeon Springs, her brother Edward Dranginis (Diane) of Denver, and her brother Daniel Dranginis (Susan) of St. Augustine. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews who will always remember her beauty, her laughter, and her courageous and generous spirit. Always the teacher and the scientist, Anne donated her body to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology. A memorial service will be held at St. John's University in the fall. Donations to a scholarship fund in her name, The Anne Dranginis Memorial Fund at St. John's, can be sent to c/o Laraine Dresser, Department of Biological Sciences, St. John's University, St. Albert Hall, Room 221, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, N.Y., 11439.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from May 23 to May 24, 2015.
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September 29, 2015
Anne was a classmate of mine at St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Mi. I remember Anne and brilliant in mind and kind in heart.
Please know that she will be in my prayers and remembered fondly.

With sympathy,
Susan ( Drake) Westover
SMA class of 1966
May 29, 2015
Dear family, Anne and I connected after the death of our cousin, Michael Penman last year and I am heartbroken to see that she is now gone. We talked and talked about our genealogy connections, and family and all that happened as we grew up. I'm so sorry to lose her from my life as I am sure you all are. She was bright, beautiful and a pleasure to know. ;-( Donna Penman Fiori
May 29, 2015
Pat- I am so sorry for the loss of your sister; she obviously was an inspiration for all. Cyndy Rodriguez
May 23, 2015
Ann was above all a seeker of knowledge - knowledge of our world, knowledge of our selves and knowledge of our purposes. In her life we see what she found. She shared so much with so many people. I hope all of us who knew Ann will share their stories with each other. To remember Ann and continue her search is the best tribute.
Robert Parks
May 23, 2015
What a very inspirational woman. I never knew her, but I worked with her sister Dr. Patricia Dranginis Shulman, years ago. My condolences go out to get family and may she forever rest in peace.
Kellee Lyda
May 23, 2015
You were such an inspiring sister to me and to our family. I think of you everyday and know one day I shall see you again. I thank God for having you in our family and only wish the time were not so short. Love you and miss you Anne.
margaret chevalier
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