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Yale researcher Craig Crews (left) is the second recipient of the Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, a $250,000 annual award administered by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Crews, the John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and professor of chemistry, of pharmacology, and of management, was recognized for his “pioneering work in the pharmaceutical field of targeted protein degradation,” which has led to the development of drugs to fight cancer and other diseases.

Five Yale seniors will pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom next year as recipients of Marshall Scholarships: Bobby Atkinson, Ayelet Kalfus, Robby Hill, Xavier Blackwell-Lipkind, and Olivia Sally. Also going abroad next year—as Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China—are four graduating Yale seniors and three alumni: Andrew Deweese ’24, Alexander Sundberg ’24, Fatou (Malaika) Thiam-Bockman ’24, Bryson Wiese ’24, Brendan Campbell ’22, Nishi Felton ’22, and Claire Zalla ’21.

Stepping down

Two heads of Yale residential colleges announced that they will step down at the end of the academic year. American studies and history professor Mary Lui will
be leaving Timothy Dwight College after nine years as head, and sociology professor Julia Adams will leave Grace Hopper College after ten years.


Leander Keck ’57PhD, who led the Yale Divinity School as dean from 1979 to 1989, died on January 16. He was 95. Keck, a New Testament scholar who specialized in the letters of Paul, taught at Wellesley, Vanderbilt, and Emory before coming to Yale as dean. He stayed on at YDS as the Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology until his retirement in 1997. YDS dean Greg Sterling noted Keck’s establishment of the school’s first fundraising program: “Lee Keck had an impact on YDS that has long outlived his active service and will endure for many years to come.”

Bettyann Kevles, a lecturer in the history department and an author who specialized in the history of science, died on August 18. She was 84. Kevles wrote books about great apes, the history of medical imaging, and women in the space program, among other things. She came to Yale in 2001 and taught seminars in equally wide-ranging subjects. Her husband, Daniel Kevles, is the Stanley Woodward Professor Emeritus of History, History of Medicine and American Studies.

Herbert S. Newman ’59MArch, an architect who taught at Yale from 1964 to 2017 and helped shape the campus as a planning consultant, died on August 7. He was 89. Newman was involved from the beginning in the School of Architecture’s First-Year Building Project, founded in 1967, and he coordinated and directed the project for more than 40 years. He and his firm Newman Architects designed the restoration of New Haven’s Union Station and Yale’s Battell Chapel, among dozens of other works.

Frank Ryan, a former quarterback who played the unusual dual role of both athletics director and math lecturer at Yale, died on January 1. He was 87 years old. Ryan spent 13 years playing pro football, leading the Cleveland Browns to an NFL championship in 1964. He earned his PhD in math from Rice in the following year. He was athletics director at Yale from 1977 to 1987, during which time he was a continuing lecturer in the math department. For a year in 1987 and 1988 he was associate vice president for institutional planning, before he left Yale for a position in private industry.

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