Dr Julius P. Kreier, Professor and Scientist
Dr Julius P. Kreier, a former professor and research scientist at Ohio State University, died on Thursday 26 April in Port Jefferson, NY. Dr Kreier, the youngest of four children, was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1926. After earning a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Dr Kreier worked four years with the US Department of Agriculture, including two years in rural Mexico fighting hoof and mouth disease. He then earned a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Illinois, became a professor at Ohio State University and spent the rest of his career teaching and researching tropical diseases in humans and animals, including most notably malaria. Together with his many graduate students, Dr Kreier published hundreds of scientific articles, and in later years edited a widely-used multi-volume reference work on parasitic protozoa. Dr Kreier married Ruth Casten in 1954, and together they had two children, Rachel and Jesse. After retirement, the couple travelled extensively, and Dr Kreier translated two novels from Spanish into English. Ruth died in 2010, and Dr Kreier moved to Port Jefferson to be near his daughter. In addition to Rachel and Jesse, he is survived by three grandchildren, Simon, Jacob and Freda.