Dorothea Bennett, professor of
zoology, died on August 16, 1990. She was 60.
Professor Bennett was born on December
27, 1929, in Oahu, Hawaii. She received a bachelor's degree from
Barnard College in 1951 and a PhD from Columbia University in
Dr. Bennett taught at Cornell University
Medical College from 1962 to 1976 and at the Sloan-Kettering
Institute for Cancer Research from 1976 to 1986. She joined the
faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where she
held the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professorship. She was also
the head of the Department of Zoology and helped establish the
graduate program in molecular biology.
Professor Bennett was a world renowned
geneticist. She won acclaim for her work in the genetics of early
Actively involved with various
federal government projects, Professor Bennett served on committees
and study sections for the National Research Council, the National
Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. She
served on more than ten editorial boards of scientific journals.
At the time of her death she was a member of the editorial boards
of GENETICS, Developmental Genetics, Cell Differentiation
and Development, and Journal of Craniofacial Genetics
and Developmental Biology.
In 1978 Professor Bennett was awarded
an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of
Uppsala in Sweden.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by
Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site
on February 6, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found
in the Barker Texas History Center.
The following note was added after the distribution of the biographical sketch
on February 6, 2001. A resolution prepared by a special committee can be
found on pages 1273-1284 in
the bound volume of the Documents of the General Faculty for 2000-2001.