UOG Mourns Passing of Dr. Raulerson


Guam – The University of Guam community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Lynn Raulerson, Professor of Biology and Curator of the Herbarium at the University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

“This is a tremendous loss for our campus and the community,” said University of Guam President Dr. Robert A. Underwood. “Dr. Raulerson touched the lives of so many, and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Dr. Raulerson had been a professor at the University of Guam since 1971 and a college instructor since 1959. She received her Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in ecology from the University of Georgia in 1970 and has been curator of the University of Guam Herbarium since 1981. Her research interests included the systematics of Micronesian plants, especially those of Guam and the other Mariana islands.

“Dr. Raulerson was a strong advocate for quality education in the biomedical sciences, and as a result, her students excelled in both medical practice and scientific research, many of them becoming physicians and scholars,” said Dr. Helen J.D. Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.  “Her legacy lives on with the impacts she had on the minds and hearts of University of Guam students.”

The University of Guam will host a memorial service for Dr. Raulerson on Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the UOG Fine Arts Theater.  In lieu of flowers, the organizers request that her former students bring in “specimens” for the Herbarium with the identifying information on a card.