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In Memoriam: Professor John Strohbehn

Professor John W. Strohbehn. Photograph courtesy of the Strohbehn family.
Professor John W. Strohbehn. Photograph courtesy of the Strohbehn family

John W. Strohbehn, “father of bioengineering” at Thayer School, died in Hanover on February 22 after a long illness.

During 31 years on the Thayer faculty, Strohbehn established his name in radiophysics, then turned his attention to bioengineering, developing extensive collaborations with Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Honoring his dedication to biomedical engineering, DMS annually awards a medical student the John W. Strohbehn Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

Strohbehn served as provost of Dartmouth from 1987 to 1993 and at Duke University from 1994 to 1999. He was a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Optical Society of America. In 1988 he and DHMC neurosurgeon Dr. David Roberts co-patented a groundbreaking frameless stereotactic operating microscope. In 1991 he received the Eugene Robinson Award for outstanding contributions to hyperthermic oncology. He authored more than 100 papers on electromagnetic wave propagation effects and the engineering aspects of hyperthermia.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sister Barbara; children Jo, Kris, and Carolyn; and five grandchildren.

See “Tribute” for more on Strohbehn.

Categories: The Great Hall, In Memoriam

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