Graduate School News

Loss of a Dear Friend: Henry H. Dearman

October 23, 2007

Henry H. Dearman, 73, died Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dr. Dearman was born on August 28, 1934 in Statesville, NC, the son of the late [Judge] Claudius Hursell Dearman and Henrie Miller Dearman.

A lifelong love of science and teaching led Dr. Dearman to pursue a career in academics that would later span four decades.

Dr. Dearman graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 and the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1960.

After serving as a research fellow at the University of Chicago and working in the Research Triangle, Dr. Dearman returned to the University of North Carolina as a Professor of Chemistry in 1962, where he would teach for the next 33 years. In addition to conducting research and teaching at UNC, Dr. Dearman served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry. He was further involved in graduate education when he became an associate dean in the Graduate School at UNC from 1981-1989 and Dean of the Graduate School from 1989-1994. As Dean, his proudest accomplishment was the establishment of the Society of Fellows, a prestigious graduate fellowship program that emphasized interdisciplinary interaction among graduate students and senior faculty members of the University. Dr. Dearman continued to serve graduate education as a member of the Graduate Education Advancement Board for more than a decade after leaving the position of dean.

Dr. Dearman loved spending time surrounded by his family and friends, especially at his retreat in the Virginia mountains where he enjoyed gardening, hiking and bird-watching.

Dr. Dearman is survived by his wife, Martha J. Stucker of Chapel Hill; his daughter, Emily D. Cullen and her husband, Marc Cullen of Cary; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Henry Dearman Graduate Fellowship Fund (Designation 2356); The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 200 Bynum Hall, CB # 4010, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010.

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Published in The News & Observer on 10/26/2007.