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Department mourns passing of John M. Franz

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

We have received the sad news that John M. Franz, a 1955 PhD with Gene Lata, passed away on March 8, 2011 in Columbia, MO. He was 83.

Dr. Franz served in the US Army in Italy after World War II.  He graduated in 1950 from the University of Illinois, where his TA was Dr. Gene Lata. He then came to the University of Iowa with Dr. Lata to do his graduate work. Dr. Franz was Lata’s first PhD student.

Dr. Franz was a close friend of Dr. Arthur Fishkin, Dr. Lata’s second PhD student, who passed away last May. They last saw each other at Dr. Lata’s retirement party.

After completing his thesis on the effect of hormones on stress on certain coenzyme dependent reactions, Dr. Franz joined the Biochemistry Department faculty at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, where he conducted research on the hormonal control of metabolism. In addition, teaching was his passion. He remained on the faculty there his entire career, retiring in 1993.

Dr. Franz is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Janice Howard; one sister, Mary Lotts; children Kristine Dashiell, Jack Franz, Kathleen Quinn and Janice Rike; and six grandchildren. Dr. Franz’s obituary has been published in the Columbia Missourian and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The 7th Annual Gene F. Lata Biochemistry Undergraduate Honors Symposium will be held tomorrow, April 20, in memory of Dr. Lata and his first two PhD students, Drs. Arthur Fishkin and John Franz.

Department mourns passing of Arthur Fishkin

Monday, July 12th, 2010

We have received the sad news that Arthur Fishkin, a 1957 PhD with Gene Lata, passed away on May 27, his 80th birthday. Fishkin came to Iowa from Indiana to pursue a PhD in zoology and had his interest in biochemistry sparked by Henry Bull’s course in physical biochemistry. After completing his thesis on hormonal influences on the acetylation of sulfanilamide, Dr. Fishkin held posts at the Southwest Research Foundation in San Antonio, the LSU School of Medicine and New Mexico State University before joining the Biochemistry Department at Creighton University in 1968, where he remained active for nearly 40 years. Dr. Fishkin was well known for his work on N-acetylneuramidate lyase and glycoproteins in connective tissues. Fishkin also sent a student, G. Stanley Cox, to Iowa to conduct PhD research with Thomas Conway. Dr. Fishkin is survived by his wife, Jane, four sons, and five grandchildren. Dr. Fishkin’s family reports that Arthur’s years at Iowa were formative. He regarded it as a collegial place with high academic standards, which influenced his approach to teaching and research for 50 years.  Dr. Fishkin’s obituary has been published in the Chemical and Engineering News, the magazine of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Creighton University Magazine.