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“Walt and Dave, We are very sorry to learn of your father's passing. Thinking of you at this sad time. With deepest sympathy, Carl Cambridge and Judy...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Judy

“I came to the UI's Department of Microbiology in 1972, and was soon involved in experiments involving radioisotopes. I knew little about the physics...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: michael feiss - iowa city, IA

“Dear Marilyn and family, We are so sorry to learn of your loss. We cherish the memories and the support that you and Bill extended to us during our...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Amanda Brown and Philip Yeung

“I am so sorry for your loss "Ozzies". ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jill Robinson

“My heart and prayers go out to the Osborne Family. Bill was such a great Coralville man. He always had time for us Coralville kids when ever we saw...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Mark Judge - Friend of Family

“I first met Bill in 1988 when I came to work at the University of Iowa. He greeted me warmly at that time and remained a good and supportive friend....Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Mark Madsen - IA

“Dear Marilyn and family, We are saddened to learn of Bill's passing. We have such wonderful times together especially playing bridge together once a...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Wayne and Nancy Paulson - WI

“Uncle Bill was always the best story teller (non fiction!). When Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Bill would fly into Arizona to stay with his sister Mary, we...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Woody, Deb and Wayne Gum - AZ

“To Marilyn and family, Bill was a stalwart of the Radiation Research Society. His presence as the ever-present camera in the meeting rooms, acting...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Jacky Williams - Rochester, NY

“Twenty years ago, a long distant phone call with a gentle, soft and assuring voice surprised me with the news that I was accepted into the Radiation...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Hong Wang - Toronto

“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...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Joe Graves - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Votaw - Topeka, KS

“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...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Don and Tami Rinehart - Phoenix, AZ

“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...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Frederick Domann - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mark Zittergruen, MD - IA

“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 ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“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,...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Gerhild Krapf - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Martin Hauer-Jensen - Little Rock, AR

“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...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Douglas Spitz - Iowa City, IA


James William (Bill) Osborne, age 87, passed away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.

Visitation will be Friday December 11 from 4 – 7 PM, with a memorial service Saturday December 12 at 11 AM, both to be held at the Coralville United Methodist Church.

Bill was born on January 17, 1928 in Pana, Illinois, the son of Ruby (Ireland) and Fred Osborne. His quest for knowledge in the sciences began in Edinburg, Illinois, leading to a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1955, and continued through his appointments in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Bill retired from the U of I in 2002 having served as Professor and Director of the Radiation Research Laboratory and Radiation Biology Program.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Walter (Nancy), son, David (Cindy); and five grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin), Sean (Lianne), Lindsay, James David (JD), and Berke.

Through his research work and teaching at the U of I, his dedication to the Coralville United Methodist Church, and the Radiation Research Society, Bill had a great impact on many lives. He enjoyed all sports - especially basketball – and Hawkeye athletics.

Memorials may be directed to the Coralville United Methodist Church or the J.W. Osborne Endowment Fund through the Radiation Research Society. Arrangements are with Gay & Ciha Funeral Service.