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Richard A. Harvey Award-winning biochemist, author, lecturer and UMDNJ/Rutgers Medical School professor Richard Alexander Harvey, 80, died April 14, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Richard was born Nov. 21, 1936, the only child of Dean Alexander Harvey and Marion Pack Harvey. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Richard earned both a B.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He was awarded high honors in chemistry; the Walter D. Bonner Award for Outstanding Senior Chemist of the Year and the American Institute of Chemists Award. Richard completed his training as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut de Biologie Physio-chimique, Paris, France, 1964-1966. He subsequently joined the Department of Biochemisty at Rutgers Medical School (later known as Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Piscataway, N.J. Richard taught the inaugural class of the newly completed medical school. His entire teaching career was devoted to Rutgers Medical School, where he was professor of biochemistry for 33 years. He was also a frequent guest lecturer at other medical programs, notably St. George's University Medical School, Grenada; Ross University, Dominica; National Medical School Review; and The Comprehensive Medical Review Course for Foreign-Trained Physicians. Upon retirement from Rutgers in 2000, he was awarded the title of professor emeritus of biochemistry. To honor Richard's long teaching career, Rutgers Medical School established an endowed Excellence In Teaching Award. During his career at Rutgers Medical School, in collaboration with various colleagues, Richard authored numerous research papers and was awarded five patents. Richard excelled as a creative and provocative teacher. Rather than adhering to the tradition of delivering lectures from the podium in large lecture halls, Richard routinely mingled with his students during his presentations demanding the students' attention and interaction. Sitting in the last row of the lecture hall provided no escape for the unprepared student. Richard's death will resonate with the thousands who were taught by him personally and many practitioners who embraced his unique textbooks described below. He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award, Foundation of the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; AAUP Teaching and Service Incentive Award; Excellence in Teaching, Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Outstanding Professor Award, National Medical Review. Richard is most widely recognized as author, illustrator and editor of the critically acclaimed series, Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews, initiated in 1986 in collaboration with Pamela Champe. These books were unique in that they were tightly organized, concise and richly illustrated. In collaboration with many contributors, the brand eventually encompassed eight volumes: biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology, immunology, neuroscience, cell and molecular biology and integrated systems. Cumulatively, the books have been translated into five languages. In 2008, Richard was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by his publisher, Lippincott William & Wilkins for selling more than one million books. Richard retired from publishing in 2014. Richard married Jillene Chadwick of Salt Lake City in 1958. The couple had two children, Tristin and Todd. The marriage ended in divorce in 1981. Richard subsequently married Marilyn Schorin, then a faculty member at Rutgers Medical School. With a passion for adventure travel, Richard and Marilyn traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. They savored individual travel, guided adventures, river cruises, and wild game safaris, exploring more than 40 countries. Marilyn and Richard also shared a love of theatre, particularly Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays, New York's Broadway and Off-Broadway repertoire and the London theatre experience. Richard became involved with the Veritas Society of Bellarmine University, Louisville, where he made numerous friends. Richard and Marilyn were soul mates and explorers until his death. Richard is survived by Marilyn, Tristin Goode (Steven), Todd Harvey, and five grandchildren (Carlie and Patrick Goode, Sydney, Christian and William Harvey). A Celebration of his Life will be held in the Willow Room at 1400 Willow Avenue, Louisville, Ky., on May 20 at 4 p.m.
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