Henry Stempen (March 29, 2001)
Henry Stempen of Glenside, Pennsylvania died March 29, 2001 at the age of 76 after a long illness that started in 1980. Dr. Stempen was Professor Emeritus from Rutgers University.
Dr. Stempen graduated in 1945 with a B.Sc. Degree in Bacteriology from the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science). He continued his studies in Microbiology and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Dr. Stempen’s latest position was Professor of Microbiology at Rutgers University, Camden, from 1962 to 1988. He also served as chairman of he Biology Department for a period of time. He taught Biology, Microbiology,Mycology, Nursing Microbiology. Before moving to Rutgers he was Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in the Department of Microbiology from 1950 to 1962.
Dr. Stempen started his research on Large Bodies while at Penn, continuing at Rutgers. Later he became interested in Slime Molds (fungi). In 1994 Dr. Stempen co-authored a book,h Dr. Stephenson entitled, “Myxomycetes – a handbook of Slime molds “. All of the drawings in this book were made by Dr. Stempen. Dr. Stempen was named by the alumni of Rutgers as “Teacher of the Year”. Henry was warm, sympathetic, and helpful to his students, and was well-liked by everyone that came in contact with him.
Henry joined the National Society for American Bacteriologists (now Microbiologists) in the early 50’s and copntinued his membership until his death. Likewise, he was a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the ASM`. He was a longtime member of Sigma Xi, AmeriicanAssociation for the Advancement of Science and the Mycological Society of America. He was also a member of the guild of National Science Illustrators.
Dr. Stempen was very artistic. He drew the Logo of the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the Society for Microbiology. His other interests were , water colors, photography (of wild flowers,and microscopic specimens)field trips, music, opera.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, also a microbiologist, and children, Susan, Peter, Paul, Jennifer. Dr. Stempen will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and former students. He gave much of himself to others.
Henry R. Beilstein Ph.D.