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March 8-22, 1999Volume 27, Number 24

Barbara J. Bachmann, microbiologist and longtime Yale affiliate, died Jan. 31

Barbara J. Bachmann, a longtime member of the Yale community, died Jan. 31 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ms. Bachmann was a lecturer in microbiology at the University 1958-64. She returned to Yale in 1968 and held various faculty appointments in human genetics and biology until her retirement in 1995.

In addition to teaching at Yale, Ms. Bachmann was curator and later director of the University's E. coli Genetic Stock Center. Under her direction the center expanded until it maintained over 7,000 strains and sent out over 4,000 samples a year to scientists in all fields of research in government, academics and industry around the world. Her publications in 1983 and 1991 of the complete genetic map of E. coli as of those years were among the most cited publications in biology. In 1986 she received the American Society for Microbiology's J. Roger Porter Award for excellence in the maintenance of culture collections.

An active fellow at Trumbull College, Ms. Bachmann took great interest in students and served for some years as an undergraduate adviser. She was a devoted
member of the Audubon Society and enthusiastically supported the Nature Conservancy.

Ms. Bachmann was born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas. She received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, a master's degree in bacteriology from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in microbiology from Stanford University. Before coming to Yale, she was a researcher and teacher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia and New York universities.

Contributions in Ms. Bachmann's memory can be made to The Nature Conservancy (ATTN: M.S.C.), 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia, 22203.


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