In December, the Krieger School lost two members of its community: Sigmund R. Suskind, a former dean of the school and professor emeritus in biology, and Nancy Forgione, a visiting assistant professor in the history of art.
Then, in January, Eun-Jung Rhee, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Suskind died Dec. 5 at the age of 80 from cancer complications. A native of New York City and a graduate of New York University and Yale University, he served as dean of undergraduate and graduate studies from 1971 until 1978, when he was appointed dean of Arts and Sciences. He served as dean until 1983 and was also the university’s first ombudsman.
He taught undergraduate and graduate students in genetics and biochemistry, and published widely in the fields of molecular biology and molecular genetics, including Gene Action, one of a series of Foundations of Modern Genetics books edited by Suskind and colleague Philip E. Hartman.
Suskind retired in 1991 and moved from Mount Washington to Kent County. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and their three sons and two grandchildren.
Forgione, 54, died Dec. 3 after being hospitalized with a meningococcal infection.
Twice a graduate of the Krieger School—she received her undergraduate degree in humanistic studies in 1974 and a doctorate in the history of art in 1993—she was a popular teacher, an active and highly regarded scholar, and a well-liked and admired member of the faculty. A former cataloger and research librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Forgione also taught in the graduate MLA program.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Hill ’72, and their sons, Albert Michael Hill Jr., a senior at Wesleyan University, and Owen Forgione Hill, a freshman at Brown University.
On Jan. 10, Rhee, known as E.J., died from injuries sustained in a Dec. 28 car accident in Florida. Rhee was a graduate student specializing in theoretical particle physics. An enormously well-liked colleague, student, and teacher, Rhee was a promising young scholar and an outstanding teacher, who in 2006 won the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Rowland Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.
As a memorial to Rhee, the department launched a fundraising initiative to name a teaching award in her honor.
Rhee had finished her classes and taken the general exam toward a doctorate in physics, working with faculty adviser David E. Kaplan. She had written one major paper with Kaplan and started work on another, which was to be a substantial part of her thesis. Rhee also was an avid photographer who dreamed of someday being a filmmaker.
A memorial service was held for her at the Bunting–Meyerhoff Interfaith Center in late January.