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Dr. Marlene Kayne, 1941 – 2012

We are saddened to report the death of Dr. Marlene Kayne, who was a Professor of Biology at TCNJ from 1977-2005. Marlene earned BAs in Chemistry and Biology from Saint John’s University in 1962, and her PhD in Biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1966. She performed her postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany. Her love of both science and education led her to become a professor of Biology, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania from 1969 until she arrived at Trenton State College in 1977. Her teaching responsibilities here at TCNJ included cell and molecular biology courses, a biochemistry course within the Chemistry Dept for Biology majors, and a natural science course for education majors. She was an encouraging mentor and much-beloved member of the department.

After retiring from TCNJ in 2005 and moving from Yardley PA to Marco Island, FL, she continued to teach a series of online courses at multiple universities. In her semi-retirement, Marlene enjoyed volunteering as a docent and teacher at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, FL, where a memorial fund will be established in her name. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends in both Marco Island and Jackson Hole, WY. Her generosity, selflessness and vibrancy were felt by all who knew her.

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