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February 4, 1999

Teresa Ree Chay

Teresa Ree Chay, professor of biological sciences with an adjunct appointment in chemistry, died Jan. 27, 1999. She was 61. Chay earned a B.A. in mathematics in 1959 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961, both from the University of Utah. She came to Pitt in 1970 as a research associate and was named assistant professor in the Department of Biophysics and Microbiology in 1971. In 1976 she was named associate professor and later professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Chay received a National Institutes of Health special fellowship in 1969-70 and an NIH career development award covering 1972-77. In 1993 she served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation's blue ribbon committee for high performance computing.

Chay's research focused on kinetic modeling of biological processes by means of computer simulations. She was author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications.

She was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association, the Association for Korean Scientists in America, the Biophysical Society and the Society for Neuroscience, among other professional societies.

Chay is survived by her husband Seung C.; sons Kenneth Y. and Terrence Y.; sisters Tamaye Csyioni and Joan R. Payne; and brother Francis H. Ree.

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