JAN STOLWIJK
1927 - 2021
BORN
1927
DIED
2021
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STOLWIJK Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk, Ph.D Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk, Ph.D., was born on a farm that grew seed wheat on a polder in the Netherlands on September 29, 1927, the eldest son of Leonard and Cornelia (Van der Bijl) Stolwijk. He attended the Amsterdam Montessori school, probably taught by Maria Montessori herself. A physiologist and biophysicist, he received his BS, MS and PhD in plant science from Wageningen University in 1955. He came to the United States in 1955 and was naturalized in1962. On leave of absence from the Laboratory of Plant Physiological Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands, he accepted a post-doctoral position as a Maria Moors Cabot Research Fellow at the Biological Laboratories at Harvard, under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth V. Thimann. From Harvard, he was recruited to the John B. Pierce Laboratory in New Haven, Connecticut in 1957, where he studied human physiology, and rose to serve as Associate Director from 1974 to 1989. He transferred to Yale first as Director of Graduate Studies, and then as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health from 1982-1989, and again as Acting Chair from 1994-1995. He retired as Professor the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health. He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC; Sigma Xi - the scientific research honor society, and others. Dr. Stolwijk combined deep insight, technical skill, and creativity, in a wide range of sub-fields of environmental health. He wrote the first digital computer program to model heat flow in the human body for the NASA space program in 1966, in what became known as "The Stolwijk Model". He pioneered research on sick building syndrome, indoor air pollution, non-ionizing radiation, and other topics of environmental health, and even quantified the social science - social policy arena of risk perception. He continued his international connections, consorting with noted public health scientists such as Sir Richard Doll. He was fluent in several languages including Dutch, German, French and English. His keen assessment of character, quietly ironic sense of humor, mentorship, and uncanny ability to lead well and effectively in a crisis, will all be missed. On the morning of Wednesday, February 17, 2021, surrounded by those who loved him, he passed away peacefully at home at the age of 93. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Deborah Rose, daughter Sarah L. S. Rose, sister Agnes Stolwijk Korsuize, brother-in-law Hans Korsuize, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held by Zoom at Temple Isaiah in Fulton, Maryland, at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A private interment will take place in New York on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929, with headquarters in Amsterdam. The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) is the oldest training center in the United States. Donations in Dr. Stowlijk's memory can be made to the non-profit WMI by visiting the website at: www.wmi-montessori.org. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929, with headquarters in Amsterdam. The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) is the oldest training center in the United States. Donations in Dr. Stowlijk's memory can be made to the non-profit WMI by visiting the website at: www.wmi-montessori.org.
Published by The Washington Post from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 2021.
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Professor Stolwijk was certainly an interesting, gifted, man who had implicit and universal knowledge of how to troubleshoot multiple scientific problems and quite a few of us at the Pierce Foundation Lab and Yale progressed intellectually because of his frank and widespread intellectual capacity and fruitful contributions on numerous topics stemming from state-of-the art techniques using fundamental math principles that he applied to animal and human physiologic system approaches and his innate ability to apply modern math concepts to future applications related to environmental questions. Indeed, his primary mentoring efforts facilitated a number of international and postdoctoral scientists at Pierce and Yale. His ability to solve complex problems led to the initial thermal modeling in space environments (for example, the ground-breaking Stolwijk-Hardy thermoregulatory model that assisted NASA scientists predict thermal problems they might have in their early space explorations that is still relevant today). He was generous in his scientific contributions and he welcomed supporting clinicians at Yale who required comprehensive math techniques relative to discerning mechanisms of brain blood flow determinations, neurophysiological, psychophysics, and later analysis and quantification of air quality, sick building problems, and other thermal comfort problems relative to air pollution issues. The latter problems were a special field of focus that he always articulated to me that was a singular interest all his life. He had a special talent as a professor and a deep understanding of wide scientific topics, literature, and history. I was fortunate to share authorship with him and gain his mentoring in several published papers and to contribute to his Environmental Biophysics course at Yale School of Public Health. His bearing in research and teaching was always comprehensive and scholarly, and he made the lectures in the each course he taught attractive and unpretentious to all students regardless of educational discipline. He will be sorely missed in the scientific world. Please accept my heartfelt thoughts to all the family.
Richard R Gonzalez
Student
March 5, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
February 28, 2021
My condolences to the family.
Alicia Chambers
Friend
February 23, 2021
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