Remembering Jeffrey S. Prince

The University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences and the Biology Department are mourning the loss of Jeffrey S. Prince, 74, who passed away on April 27, 2017.

Dr. Jeffrey Prince passed away on April 27, 2017.
Dr. Jeffrey Prince passed away April 27, 2017

Prince, who earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1971, was an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Miami from 1974 to 2017. He was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University Shoals Marine Laboratory from 1976 to 1993 and the Director of the University of Miami Electron Microscopy Laboratory from 1979 to 2017.

At UM, Prince trained a generation of students that have gone on to successful careers in medicine, academia, and industry. His teaching style and advanced courses provided UM students with the necessary research experience to prepare them for their next professional program and featured topics that illustrate unique and interesting aspects of organisms that awakened students’ interest.

“Jeff Prince was one-of-a-kind, and he lived life to the fullest,” said Athula Wikramanayake, professor and Chair of the Biology Department. “He was passionate about many things, but in particular he loved working with undergraduates and getting them involved in research. Many of his former students give credit to Jeff for instilling in them a love for research and discovery that hugely impacted their own careers. We were lucky to have Jeff as a colleague for many years and we will miss this beloved man.”

During his 40-plus years of teaching at UM, Prince published numerous articles in journals such as the Bulletin of Marine Science, the Journal of Cell Pharmacology, Nature Genetics, and the Journal of Molluscan Studies. He was also presented with the “Outstanding Biology Educator Award” and the University of Miami's “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

His research interests included plant (seaweed) and animal (marine invertebrates) interactions; metabolism of defensive plant compounds examined at both the light and ultrastructural levels; and growth, effective reproduction, population structure and ultrastructure of seaweed populations.

Prince also participated in interdisciplinary research alongside colleagues and faculty from the School of Engineering and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine on ultrastructural studies of disease mechanisms in model organisms.

Prince traveled extensively visiting all the continents, except Antarctica. He enjoyed spending time with the people in each country and would often choose homestays rather than hotels. His photographs, sketches, and journals captured the unique environment and culture of the places he traveled.

Prince leaves behind his children Katherine Yanks and Graham Prince, and his grandchildren Sean, Evan, and Chloe.

 

 

 

May 03, 2017