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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 1956.
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 mammalian development.
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.