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Memorial Service for Jo Rae Wright Set for March 12

Memorial Service for Jo Rae Wright Set for March 12

President Brodhead to officiate Duke Chapel service

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Jo Rae Wright.

Durham, NC - A public memorial service to celebrate the life of former Duke Graduate School Dean Jo Rae Wright will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, in Duke Chapel.

The secular program will include remarks and anecdotes from Wright's colleagues, family and friends.  Duke President Richard H. Brodhead will officiate the service.

A professor of cell biology, medicine and pediatrics, Wright died last month after a years-long battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

Known for her research on how pulmonary epithelial and immune cells prevent infection and inflammation in the lung, Wright was also cited as a devoted teacher and mentor and a promoter of women in the sciences.  Following her death, Duke established two fellowships in her honor to recognize one female Ph.D. student in the biomedical sciences and one in the natural sciences.

Wright joined the Duke faculty in 1993 as an associate professor and soon began working to develop programs to provide graduate students with training in skills designed to further their careers. She was honored twice with the Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award at Duke.

In part because of these efforts, Wright was appointed associate dean for graduate programs in 2000 and then vice dean of basic sciences in the medical school in 2002. She became dean of the Graduate School in 2006, which entailed overseeing the recruitment and training of more than 2,900 students pursuing graduate degrees at Duke.

Visitors wishing to attend the service may park in the Bryan Center parking garage off Science Drive on Duke's West Campus. In addition, parking will be available in lots along Duke University Road near Chapel Drive. People with accessibility needs may be dropped off at the chapel, but their drivers must park in general parking. 

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