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Life of Late Biologist Homsher to be Celebrated at Upcoming Event

Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries will hold a "Celebration of Life" on Sat., May 2 for Paul J. Homsher, the long-time University biological sciences professor who died last May.

Homsher was a life member and director of Friends of the Libraries.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Gordon Galleries, 4509 Monarch Way. Those in attendance are asked to bring a memory to share. RSVP by April 27 to Fern McDougal at 683-4141.

Homsher, whose research specialties were in the fields of genetics and reproductive biology, died May 25, 2014, from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

He joined Old Dominion in 1962. From 1978 to 1982, Homsher was acting director and director of the Biomedical Sciences Program, which is operated jointly by ODU and Eastern Virginia Medical School. During his 35 years at the University, Homsher also served as associate dean of the School of Sciences and Health Professions, 1985-1986; associate dean of the College of Sciences,1986-91; and interim dean of the College of Sciences,1991-93.

After his retirement, he frequently returned to campus to teach as an adjunct, and to participate in meetings and activities of the Faculty Emeriti Association and Friends of the Libraries.