Richard E. McCarty, former Krieger School dean and renowned plant physiologist, dies at 85

Richard E. McCarty, former Krieger School dean and renowned plant physiologist, dies at 85

An article featured in the HUB that can be found here, announced that Richard E. McCarty, died at home in Roland Park Place in Baltimore on February 23 due to an illness.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1960 and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Biology from the same institution in 1964. Beginning his career at Cornell University, he dedicated 24 years to the institution, during which he held various roles, including Chair of the Section of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology, and a two-year stint as Director of the Biotechnology Program. In 1990, he returned to Johns Hopkins to assume the role of Department Chair in Biology. He concluded his career as the William D. Gill Professor of Biology and Dean Emeritus of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences until his retirement in 2002. He was named James Barclay Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences after serving two years as interim dean and then as senior advisor on faculty affairs in the dean’s office.

Richard was a plant physiologist specialized in protein and membrane biochemistry. He received the Charles F. Kettering award in 1994, and the American Society of Plant Physiologists hailed him as a pivotal figure in advancements in the comprehension of photosynthesis and photosynthetic energy conversion since the 1960s.

McCarty wrote over 120 articles and held positions as an associate editor for Plant Physiology and as a member of the editorial boards of four other journals. In 2002, Johns Hopkins University honored him with the President’s Medal.

Dick was a devoted scientist and beloved graduate student mentor; a loving spouse, father and grandfather.