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I first met Dr. Osborne when I started working in the Radiation Research Lab as an undergrad work study student. With his help and encouragement I later joined the department as a grad student and received an M.S. in Radiation Biology. After graduation I went to work for the Radiation Safety Office at the University of Iowa and continued to receive advice mentoring from Bill. He was always very helpful and encouraging when I sought his counsel and served for

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Posted by: Joe Graves - Iowa City, IA - Student, friend, and colleague   Dec 10, 2015

Marilyn and Family,
My deepest condolences to you at this time of sadness. Bill was a wonderful person. I have fond memories of both of you at the RRS functions.May God give you strength in the days ahead.


Posted by: Kathy Votaw - Topeka, KS   Dec 09, 2015

Marilyn and Family :
Tami and I are certainly sad to hear of Bill's passing. I have so many fond memories of him, you, Walt and Dave growing up in Coralville. You were always my "second family" during my years at West High and always enjoyed stopping to see you during those rare trips we made back to Iowa City since graduation. My folks always thought so much of you all and enjoyed the fellowship they shared with you at the

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Posted by: Don and Tami Rinehart - Phoenix, AZ - Friends   Dec 09, 2015

I will always remember Bill as one of my very first faculty contacts at the Radiation Research Laboratory at the University of Iowa more than 25 years ago. I worked side by side with him on many projects, both teaching and research, and some of the best students that I have had the opportunity to mentor were sent in my direction by Bill. I have a lot to thank him for and I will be forever grateful for his kindness and long term support over all these years.

Posted by: Frederick Domann - Iowa City, IA - friend and colleague   Dec 09, 2015

I was fortunate to get to know Dr. Osborne as a medical student at the University of Iowa in 1985. At that time I knew very little about radiation research but he took a chance on me and I joined his lab for a summer research experience. The experience was very enjoyable and educational for me...mostly due to the fact that Dr. Osborne was such an amazing instructor and mentor. The experience was so great that I returned the following

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Posted by: Mark Zittergruen, MD - Cedar Rapids, IA - Previous student   Dec 09, 2015

Sorry to read of Bill's death. He was a gracious man and colleague and I always counted him as a friend.

Robert T. Cook, (rural) Riverside, Iowa

Posted by: A friend   Dec 09, 2015

I am saddened to read of the passing of Bill Osborne, and extend my condolences to the family. I was in school with Walter, but got to meet his Dad, Bill, later, which I was doing part-time work during college, at the Radiation Research Lab. Bill was so kind to me at the time, and always had a friendly greeting when I saw him in the lab. But then, for years after that, he never failed to recognize me on

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Posted by: Gerhild Krapf - Iowa City, IA   Dec 09, 2015

I have a lot, both personal and professional, to thank Bill for. There are, in fact, so many that it is impossible to mention them all, but here are a few tidbits: First, Bill provided the incentive for me to come to the US in 1984. He provided an opportunity to come to the University of Iowa as a postdoc in1985, and later that year, he introduced me to the lady who became my wife, Dr. Cynthia Ross. Cynthia and

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Posted by: Martin Hauer-Jensen - Little Rock, AR - Friend and colleague   Dec 08, 2015

We in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology PhD program at the University of Iowa will always be greatly indebted to the major impact Bill's work had on creating our legacy. His meticulous work promoting the efforts of the Radiation Research Society will also be greatly missed. Some of my fondest memories were of the Iowa Alumni Dinners that Bill would host at the RRS meetings where we all would gather and discuss the exciting science of the day. The

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Posted by: Douglas Spitz - Iowa City, IA - friend, former trainee   Dec 08, 2015