Joyce Bruner-Lorand

It is with sadness that the MBL shares the news of the passing of Dr. Joyce Bruner-Lorand who died on March 15, 2010. Dr. Bruner-Lorand was a long-time MBL visiting researcher and wife of Dr. Laszlo Lorand. An obituary from the Lorand family follows.

Dr. Joyce Bruner-Lorand of Glencoe, IL and Woods Hole, MA, and a long-time summer researcher at the MBL, died of ovarian cancer on March 15, 2010. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Iowa, specializing in mammalian reproductive endocrinology under the guidance of Dr. Emil Witschi. After meeting her future husband, Dr. Laszlo Lorand, in the summer of 1953 at the MBL, she worked for four decades as a Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at Northwestern University, mostly on NIH-sponsored projects alongside her husband. She was the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications, and distinguished herself also as a beloved colleague and mentor to a large number of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, generously opening her home to many young researchers and visiting scientists and offering them meals and a friendly ear about matters in and out of the laboratory. She is survived by her husband, daughter Michele A. Lorand M.D., son-in-law Paul B. Ringel M.D., and grandchildren Lillian and Sam. Her grace, sharp-wit, and loving support will be missed. Following private burial, a memorial is planned for the summer of 2010 in Woods Hole. Donations in her memory may be made to the MBL or to a charity of your choice.