BOB KUSY -- Loses Fight with Brain Cancer (2008-02-07, UNC, Chapel Hill)

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of Dr. Robert Kusy.  His 4-year fight with brain cancer is over.  For over 30 years, Bob taught in the Dental School and conducted research in biomaterials.  The details for his memorial service are still being made.  When those details are available, I will email them.

John Whitley
Research Specialist, Orthodontics
University of North Carolina

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

This is a sad loss not only for his family and friends but also for the academic community and the department of orthodontics. Bob Kusy has been a Professor in the UNC Department of Orthodontics, of Biomedical  Engineering in the School of Medicine, and in Applied Materials Sciences since 1973. He held a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel University, and a PhD in Material Sciences also from Drexel. He was a dedicated teacher and researcher, mentor and advisor to both pre and post doctoral students. Bob published over 200 scholarly papers, made countless presentations around the world, and because of his very broad interests and knowledge served on the editorial board of a variety of journals from  many disciplines. Bob represented UNC in the most positive way, and brought credit and acclaim to both the School and University. He was recognized for this by his students with a Teaching Excellence award, by the Orthodontic specialty with the B.F.Dewel Award for Research from the AAOF, and by industry with a 3 year gift from the Johnson+Johnson Focused Giving Program.  Most recently Bob was honored at the 2007 UNC Orthodontic Alumni who conferred honorary membership on him. Although in sadly declining health at that time, it was clear how much this recognition meant to him. He was a Carolina First person.

Above all else Bob was a loyal and selfless faculty member, a noted scientist, a challenging colleague and a great friend. Even after his retirement and even as his health deteriorated, Bob was always interested to hear what was new, or to dream what might be. Bob had so many interests outside his profession, focusing on his family his children and grandchildren, his many hobbies and his great love of music and singing in the choir at the Newman Catholic Center.

So far no arrangements have been announced concerning any services. In lieu of flowers it has been requested that any memorial donations be made to the Music Program of the Newman Catholic Student Center of Chapel Hill.

.F. Camilla J. Tulloch, Professor and Chair
Department of Orthodontics
School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450 USA