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Robert Ballentine ’37 *40

Published in May 20, 1998, issue

Highly honored Johns Hopkins U. biology professor and recipient of many fellowships, Bob Ballentine died of acute leukemia Jan. 17, 1998, survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy.

Bob prepared at Montclair H.S. At Princeton he majored in biology, was awarded the John DeWitt Sterry Junior Fellowship in Biology, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Princeton. Next came the Rockefeller Institute and Columbia with time off at California Institute of Technology. As an associate professor at Rutgers, he spent 1948-49 as a scientist at Brookhaven Natl. Laboratories, then in 1949 started a career at Johns Hopkins U. that lasted until he retired in 1979. Following that, as an emeritus associate professor of biology, he continued to teach into the 1990s. At Columbia during the war Bob conducted research on the chemotherapy of gas gangrene and later at Hopkins investigated micronutrient elements, cell-membrane chemistry, and other related subjects.

Bob was an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society and produced a number of hybrid plants. An ardent environmentalist, he was a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Conservation Council, a member of the trustees of the parks of the Natl. Parks and Conservation Commission, and a member of the inner circle of the Nature Conservancy.

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