Thursday, April 30, 2015

I lost another family member this week. My precious Lucy.

Lucy in her beloved Maine woods
She was an amazing dog. She was born in a puppy mill and sold as a Christmas puppy. At a year old she was abandoned in the Everglades, pregnant. A recent x-ray showed she had been shot at some point. When she arrived at the shelter, she had lost half of her body weight. She was always grateful for her rescue and proved it with her daily devotion. When my husband left me, Lucy rescued me. I could not have kept going without her. Since then, she has been my - and Sophie's - closest and constant companion, best friend. I am so thankful for her presence in my life, so grateful that she was with me for 13 years. I cannot believe I will never see her again.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My dad died on Friday morning.  
He was a fabulous guy and it is difficult to imagine that we'll never see him again. I am ever so grateful I got to spend the last few months with him. 

Stebbins, William Cooper

William Cooper Stebbins, University of Michigan professor emeritus of otorhinolaryngology in the Medical School; professor emeritus of psychology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and retired associate dean of the Rackham Graduate School, died on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Ann Arbor. He was 85.

Dr. Stebbins was born in Watertown, New York on June 6, 1929 to Jean Reginald Stebbins and Kathleen Heile.  He graduated from The Hotchkiss School in 1947 and from Yale University in 1951.  He served in the Medical Service Corps in the United States Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D. C. from 1951 until 1953.  He was married to the former Kathryn Jones in 1953.  He took his Ph.D. degree from Columbia in Experimental Psychology in 1957. He taught at Hamilton College from 1957 until 1961 when he was awarded a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellowship in Physiology and Biophysics in the Physiology Department at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In 1963 at the completion of his fellowship he accepted a faculty position at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor jointly in the Department of Psychology and in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute where he remained until his retirement in 1996. His research centered on Bioacoustics, specifically on laboratory studies of animal hearing and communication and he wrote or edited 7 books, 30 chapters, and more than 100 research papers in this area.

As a member of the faculty at Michigan he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology in addition to working closely with his colleague Professor David Moody and his undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral students in his laboratory.  In addition he taught an interdisciplinary course in Primate Behavior for students in Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology. He served on many faculty committees, was elected a member of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs in 1984 and served as chair from 1986-1987. He also chaired the Tenure Committee, the University Budget Priorities Committee, and received the Distinguished Faculty Governance Award for his participation in faculty governance. In addition, he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Programs in the Rackham Graduate School for three years and was chair of the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology.

At the national level, Professor Stebbins served as president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, was a study section member of NINCDS, and was active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. He also served on the external advisory committees for a number of institutions across the U.S., served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and has been a reviewer for several funding agencies. He was elected a fellow in four national organizations: The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Acoustical Society of America, The American Psychological Society, and The American Psychological Association. He was also a member of Sigma Xi, the International Primatological Society, the American Society of Primatologists and served for four years as a member of Study Section, a grant peer review committee, for the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness.

Professor Stebbins participated in many local organizations and became a board member of three and president of two: The Barton Boat Club devoted to sailboat racing, The Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club where he also served as a figure and dance judge. He was an avid bicycle rider and long-time member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle and Touring Society.   In retirement, he joined the United States Power Squadron and took many courses on marine navigation and piloting.  At their second home on Drummond Island, Michigan, he and his wife Katie spent many summers cruising Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and the North Channel. He and his dog, Rose, were members of Therapy Dogs International and spent many years visiting nursing homes in Michigan, Florida, and Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Katie; his three daughters, Elisabeth, Leslie, and Rebecca; his son-in-law Tom Blumenthal; his three grandchildren, Anna and Will Blumenthal, and Ryder Mosby, his sister, Kathy; and his beloved dog, Rose.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC), 1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 or Planned Parenthood. A memorial service will be held at a later date.