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Obituaries

Obituary: Marilyn Olmstead

by Linda Wang
November 14, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 44

 

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Credit: University of California, Davis
Marilyn Olmstead

Marilyn Olmstead, 76, died Sept. 30 in Davis, California.

“Marilyn was more than a patient and brilliant crystallography mentor; she was the closest thing I had to family on this continent. She welcomed me into her home, helped me adjust to life in Davis and find my scientific niche, and cheered me on at every milestone (Mrittika Roy). It was a privilege to watch her mind at work and an unbelievable gift to receive her love and kindness. She was a great tennis player that I was no match for, yet she gracefully played with me to let out my frustration when things did not work (Ella Jones).”—Compilation of contributions from Alan Balch, friend and colleague; and Ella Jones and Mrittika Roy, former students

Most recent title: Emerita professor of chemistry, University of California, Davis

Education: BA, chemistry, Reed College, 1965; PhD, chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1969

Survivors: Husband, Alan; daughter, Janis Carey; son, Nate; four grandchildren

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