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Dr. Bob Gatten, 73, died on Feb. 23.

He spent most of his academic career in UNC Greensboro’s Department of Biology, beginning in 1978. He received the university’s first Research Excellence Award in 1989. His research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and by UNCG. He supervised the research of 20 graduate and undergraduate students and was an Associate Editor of two scientific journals in his specialty.

He served as head of the Department of Biology from 1988 until 1997, and as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) from 1997 until 2003. While serving as associate dean, he founded UNCG’s Science Advisory Board, a group of local business leaders who provided advice about the development of the university’s science programs. One of Bob’s major responsibilities in the CAS office was helping plan new buildings (including the Sullivan Science Building) and guide the renovation of existing buildings. He retired from UNCG in late 2005 but continued to volunteer for the university in various capacities. For example, in recent years, he shared his passion for and knowledge of UNCG traditions with alumni and students.

He loved history, as well as biology. For example, he developed a passionate interest in the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806, and was an active member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Bob devoted much effort to locating the land where William Clark was born in Virginia; his work led to the creation of two Virginia Historical Highway Markers honoring Clark and his family.

Information courtesy obituary in News and Record.

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