UA chemistry professor dies during ski vacation

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University of Arkansas professor, Robert E. “Bob” Gawley, 64, of Fayetteville, passed away on March 18, while skiing with friends near Steamboat Springs, Colo, according to a release from university officials.

Gawley served as an educator and researcher for more than 35 years and as a Distinguished Professor and chair of the of chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Arkansas.

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, taught in the department of chemistry and biochemistry prior to assuming administrative positions and said: “I mourn with my colleagues in the department of chemistry and biochemistry and across the University of Arkansas campus, the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Bob Gawley. Bob was not only an exceptional chemist, but he was one of those rare individuals who helped those around him excel. He was kind and thoughtful and his passing will affect the department in so many ways that it is impossible to calculate. Our sympathy goes out to his wife, Lorraine, and his family on their loss.”

Chancellor G. David Gearhart remembered Gawley as “an outstanding member of our academic family.”

“The university community is deeply saddened by the passing of professor Gawley,” said Gearhart. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this very sad time.”

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine O’Brien Gawley, and two sons, John Joseph and James O’Brien.

Details about funeral and memorial services have not been finalized.