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UA Mourns Loss Of Chemist Who Died In Colorado

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas says the Fayetteville man who died this week while skiing in northern Colorado was a renowned professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Robert Gawley, who went by Bob, was skiing with friends in the Steamboat ski area when he collapsed and later died. Authorities believe Gawley may have suffered a heart attack.

Gawley served as an educator and researcher for more than 35 years and as chairman of UA’s chemistry and biochemistry department.

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt says Gawley was an exceptional chemist with a skill for helping others excel.

Gawley joined UA in 2003 as a tenured professor. Before that, he served on the faculty at Miami University.

He is survived by a wife and two sons. Funeral services are pending.

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