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Robert S Marianelli

Another great loss to the department was the passing of a former faculty member, colleague, mentor, and advisor to the department, Dr. Robert S Marianelli, Ph.D. Marianelli was from Columbia, Maryland and died December 22, 2013, at the age of 72 after a struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Marianelli earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Delaware and his PhD in Chemistry at University of California- Berkeley. He completed his degree in three years because he was one of the students that the university pushed through during the Sputnik era. After graduating in 1966, he joined the Chemistry department at the University of Nebraska (UNL). There he taught for 12 years and was granted tenure. Although he enjoyed teaching and research, he said that he had a hard time asking for money to support his research projects.

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Gordon A. Gallup

The Department of Chemistry regrets to inform you of the passing of a dear friend to the department, Gordon A. Gallup of Lincoln, died on March 26, 2014. He was born March 9, 1927 in St. Louis, MO, to Merle and Eudora Gallup. He was a WWII Navy veteran. Gallup received his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Kansas in 1953 and did post-doctoral research at Purdue University. In 1955 he came to UNL, becoming full professor in 1964. In 1993 he retired from teaching and since then has spent time as a courtesy research professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNL.

His research interests over the years include infrared spectroscopy and molecule vibrations, theory of molecular electronic structure, valence bond theory, electron scattering from atoms and molecules, and dissociative electron attachment. He has had over 130 articles published in 10-15 chemistry and physics journals, as well as articles in edited compendia and review books.

Gallup is survived by his wife, Grace (Gay) of Lincoln; daughter, Stephanie (Nels) Quinn, Rowlett, Texas, daughter-in-law, Linda Gallup, Austin, Texas and four grandchildren.