Richard C. Crain Jr., 47, a professor of biochemistry at the
University for 18 years, died September 3 of a heart attack.
Crain's work with Ruth Satter, a plant physiologist, made them
renowned leaders in understanding the process of signal transduction
in plants, the process by which plants respond to their external
Crain graduated from Pittsford High School in western New York
state in 1969 and was awarded a Bausch and Lomb Scholarship
for excellence in science. A record-setting distance runner,
he was named the top academic athlete of his graduating class.
His classmates voted him as most reliable and trustworthy.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Dartmouth,
Crain earned a doctoral degree in biochemistry at the University
of Rochester. He went on to Cornell University for post-doctoral
While Crain was at Rochester and Cornell, he gained an international
reputation for his work with phospholipid transfer proteins,
which catalyze the movement of cell membrane components between
Crain joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular and
Cell Biology at UConn in 1980. He has published more than 50
original research papers.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Elizabeth Crain, whom
he met in high school, and by his two sons, Cullen and Jason.
"Richard's family, professional colleagues and students will
remember him as someone who was always there when you needed
him," says Philip Yeagle, professor and department head, molecular
and cell biology.
Eugene Policelli, 62, who worked in Career Services for
many years, died August 23, 1998, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
"He was a true professional and a good friend," said Kevin Fahey,
president of UCPEA, the professional employees' association.
"He positively touched the lives of many students and staff at
UConn. He will be dearly missed."
Born in Orange, N.J., Policelli held a bachelor's degree in
philosophy from St. Lawrence Seminary, a master's degree in
classics from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in medieval
studies from UConn.
Policelli served as a career counselor at
UConn for numerous years, and most recently was assistant
director of career services. He was an active member of UCPEA
and served as a grievance officer for the union until he
retired last year after 25 years at the University.
He also taught as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut
State University and served on the Board of Education in South
Windsor for 12 years. He published articles in various
professional journals and also wrote for the Hartford Courant.
After his retirement from UConn, Policelli became director of
graduate services at Yale University.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Policelli, three children and
A funeral service was held on August 28.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. Eugene F.
Policelli Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of South Windsor, Attn:
Susan Maloney, 1695 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074.