Mark J. Rowe
Mark J. Rowe (Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science) received his PhD from BYU in biochemistry in 1972. After postdoctoral study at Stanford, and a faculty position at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he returned to BYU in 1987. Dr. Rowe taught nutrition and biology and used mitochondrial genetics to research obesity and longevity. He has been funded by National Institute of Health grants and has published and presented extensively. Mark served as department chair from 1988 to 1997, and as associate dean in the College from 1998 to 2005, including a three-year leave as president of the Nebraska Omaha Mission (2000 - 2003). He was awarded two BYU professorships in recognition of his contributions to teaching, service, and scholarship.
"BYU has done for me exactly what I think the Board and the Lord designed it to do," Mark said. "It has assisted me during both formative and productive years in my quest for eternal life." In retirement Mark and Paula will enjoy their grandchildren, serve missions and support BYU.
Wilford M. Hess
Wilford M. Hess (Plant and Wildlife Sciences) received a B.S. from BYU in 1957, and a PhD from Oregon State University in 1962. He then joined the BYU faculty in the Department of Botany (served as department chair from 1987 to 1996). Bill studied electron microscopy [EM] at several distinguished institutions including the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies. His lab became a university EM facility which he directed until the year 2000.
Professor Hess taught a wide variety of undergraduate, honors, and graduate courses and authored and coauthored more than 175 refereed articles, books, book chapters, and manuals. He was awarded a five-year National Institutes of Health Career Development Award in 1969, and in 1997 was named Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (BYU's highest faculty recognition).
In retirement, Bill will continue to work part time. He will teach a class each term and continue to work with undergraduates on the characteristics of mammalian hair, and endophytic microbes isolated from plants that grow in the world's rain forests.
Byron K. Murray
Byron K. Murray (Microbiology and Molecular Biology) served four years in the U.S. Navy before attending BYU where he obtained his PhD in 1971. Following positions at Baylor College of Medicine, and the Medical College of Virginia he returned to BYU in 1983. Dr. Murray served on several university, college, and departmental committees including a term as director of the BYU Cancer Research Center.
Professor Murray probably taught a greater variety of courses than anyone in his department. His research focused on antiviral and anticancer drugs, especially those from natural sources. His funding has included 21 National Institute of Health research grants. With this he has mentored hundreds of undergraduate students and directed 12 MS and 12 PhD students. "We're here to lose ourselves in our commitment to the students," he said, "and not to use the students to further our own careers."
In retirement Byron and his wife Ilene will live in their home about 20 miles from West Yellowstone, Montana and actively pursue a career in snowmobiling, four-wheeling and fly fishing.
Jerran T. Flinders
Jerran T. Flinders (Plant and Wildlife Sciences) completed two degrees at the University of Utah and a PhD at Colorado State University. Following faculty positions in Texas and Idaho he joined BYU's Department of Botany and Range Science in 1976 (he was department chair from 1979 to 1987).
Dr. Flinders studied an amazing variety of both wild and domesticated animals. He received consistent external financial support for his research and has published widely. His graduates have had a profound influence on wildlife conservation and natural resource management in North America. Jerran and his colleague Duane Smith coestablished BYU's current Wildlife and Range Resources Programs. Their model received national recognition and has been emulated by several universities.
Jerran and his wife Marilyn plan to live on their ranch near Indianola, Utah while he maintains research activities at BYU (external funding continues). Eventually, they plan to move to their property on the Snake River in Hells Canyon near Asotin, Washington. "We'll still be in wild country but will have added an untamed river to our habitat," he said.