John Autian Obituary

John Autian, Class of 1950, died on September 4, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA.   At the age of 17, he enlisted in the army and served on active duty for a period of three years. Two of those years were served in the Pacific Theater of Operations with his unit being one of the first to land in Japan at the end of the war.  After returning home, he received his B.S. (1950) in pharmacy from Temple University.  He received both his M.S. (1952) and Ph.D. (1954) from the University of Maryland.  After receiving Ph.D., he was on the faculty at Temple, University of Maryland, and the University of Michigan, before moving on to the University of Texas as an Associate Professor.   In 1967 he was appointed a Professor at the University of Tennessee in the Medical Center in Memphis, TN. He was later appointed Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research. He retired from the University in 1986.  During his career, he has authored or co-authored numerous articles in the field of pharmacology, toxicology and biomedical materials.  Over the years he has traveled worldwide presenting lectures to various scientific organizations. He was also very involved the Memphis community working to build an inner-city academic, technical and business park as an incubator for the black community.  Dr. Autian was married to Ginny Langford. They have one son, Zaker, who is married to Jennifer and one grandson Tyler Christian born to them.   Inurnment services are to be held at Arlington National Cemetery.