April 23, 2010

Jessie Satia (1971-2010)

Jessie Satia, PhD, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology and special assistant to the School’s dean for diversity, died in her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 4, 2010, after a long illness.

During her career, Satia published more than 65 papers and authored two book chapters. Her numerous awards and honors include the Graduate Student Fellowship Award from the University of Washington and the New Investigator Award from the American Society of Preventive Oncology in 1999. In 2001, she won the Dannon Leadership Institute’s Nutrition Leadership Institute Award. She was a three-time recipient, in 1999, 2001 and 2003, of the Minority Research Scholar Award given by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Satia explored methods and strategies to recruit African-Americans into research studies for cancer prevention and control. She also assessed and monitored trends in health-related behaviors among colon and prostate cancer survivors and examined whether health behaviors impact cancer prognosis and survival.

Memorial donations may be made to The Dr. Jessie A. Satia Memorial Fund.*

Mary Rose Tully (1946-2010)

Mary Rose Weber Tully, MPH, alumna and adjunct associate professor of maternal and child health, died Jan. 20, 2010, at the N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tully was a co-founder and senior clinical associate of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. She also was director of Lactation Services at UNC Hospitals and a faculty member in the UNC schools of medicine and nursing.

Memorial donations may be made to The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.*

Harriet Hylton Barr (1925-2009)
Harriet Hylton Barr, MPH, alumna and longtime health educator at the School, died Dec. 14, 2009, in Durham, N.C.

Barr received a Master of Public Health in health education from UNC in 1948 and taught health education classes at UNC from 1967 to 1994. She served as the School’s assistant dean for alumni affairs from 1983 to 1994, during which time she organized and energized an alumni association.

In 1980, the association recognized Barr with its Distinguished Service Award, later renamed in her honor. The Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually to recognize leadership, collaboration and innovation within the profession of public health; impact within the practice arena; and outstanding service. A special remembrance was part of the School’s Foard Memorial Lecture on April 15, 2010.

Memorial donations may be made to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Foundation–Harriet Barr Memorial Fund.*

Barry Margolin (1943-2009)
Barry Margolin, PhD, former chair of the School’s Department of Biostatistics, died Jan. 28, 2009, after many years of declining health.

Margolin joined the biostatistics faculty in 1987 as professor and chair, a position he held until 1999. He also served as director of the biostatistics facility at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from 1989 to 1999.

A remembrance ceremony was held at the School on March 3, 2010. A memorial session honoring Margolin’s distinguished career will be held at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, Canada, on Aug. 3, 2010.

* To make a memorial gift, please visit www.sph.unc.edu/giving, or contact Kembrie Greene Farrow, Office of External Affairs, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 107 Rosenau Hall, Campus Box 7400, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7400, telephone (919) 966-0198.

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