In memory of
Stuart Allen Altmann PRINCETON Stuart Allen Altmann, 86, passed away in Princeton, NJ, on Oct. 13, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was both a scientist and an artist, working as a field biologist for his professional life and pursuing ceramics as an avocation. He was a professor at the University of Alberta, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, University of Chicago, and Princeton University. In 1963-1964, Stuart and Jeanne Altmann made their first trip to Amboseli, Kenya, to study the baboons that would later become the subject of one of the world's best-known long-term field studies of primates. Stuart and Jeanne were fortunate to spend decades working together in a rich, intellectual partnership. Stuart approached his avocations with a passion and an attention to detail. He got equal pleasure from designing a home as from baking muffins to share with family and friends. He started an apple orchard, chronicling the taste and productivity of dozens of varieties and making gallons of cider. Stuart's aesthetic sense was strong and true, imbuing all his artistic pursuits with grace and style. He loved throwing pots and continually honed his skills and learned new techniques. With his camera and artistic eye, he captured beautiful moments in the lives of each of his grandchildren, whom he enjoyed immensely. Listening to music and singing brought Stuart great pleasure, even in his last days. He will be deeply missed by Jeanne, his wife of 57 years; his son, Michael Altmann; his daughter, Rachel Altmann; grandchildren, Elliot, Alice, and Benjamin; sister, Ruth Nebron; sister-in-law, Grace Lynch and brother-in-law, Tom Lynch, and many friends, co-workers, and associates. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Atrium at Guyot Hall, Princeton University. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Fanconia Anemia Research Fund ( fanconi.org ) or the Penland School of Crafts ( www.penland.org ).
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