Anne et al —
How well I remember Lea.  She always seemed to me the epitome of “bright-eyed and bushy tailed”!  Lea succeeded me at President of the Society of Protozoologists, and we worked together on the issues the Society was going thru during that time — we were making efforts to “internationalize” the Society, which has made some progress. It was always such a pleasure to encounter Lea and her beaming smile when arriving at professional meetings, and catching up.  I can imagine that her students adored her.

— John Kloetzel
Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC
(Happily retired in Ashland, Oregon since 2007)

On Nov 18, 2020, at 11:41 AM, Lea Bleyman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you all for these remembrances.
Do any of you know if Jean Nanney is still around and do you have contact info for her?
Anne Bleyman
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I met Lea when I was doing a postdoctoral in Tracy Sonneborn’s lab in the mid-1970s. She was so pleasant to share science with; I really enjoyed meeting her and becoming a friend. 


Those years in Indiana in Sonneborn’s lab were really special, and I often miss the people, the experiences and interactions that were possible there.



Karl J. Aufderheide, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
College Station TX 77843-3258




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Sad news.  Lea was a post-doc in Dave Nanney's lab when I joined it as a graduate student in the late 1960s.  She was most helpful in initiating me into the wonders of ciliate genetics and an inspiring presence afterward at our ciliate meetings.  She was a good story teller, especially stories about Tracy Sonneborn.  My condolences to her family.  


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Bleyman—Lea Kanner


Lea Kanner Bleyman died on November 6, 2020, three days short of her 84th birthday. Professor Emerita, Department of Natural Sciences, Baruch College; past-President International Society of Protozoologists (as it was then known). Lea was born in Halle, Germany, November 9, 1936. Escaping with her family to France in 1939, just before WWII, Lea spent time sheltered in OSE homes (for Jewish orphans) before a stint as a hidden child, living in a convent and on a farm to protect her from Nazi terror. Post-War, reunited with her parents and two older sisters, she started a new life in 1946 in NYC. Lea attended Brandeis on a full scholarship. She earned a Ph.D. in Genetics at Indiana University in 1966. As a professor, Lea delighted in instructing her students, which she far preferred to her year serving as Chair of the Department. Away from the classroom or the lab, Lea was known for her vivacity. She was a voracious reader, and she subscribed to the NY Times primarily for the crosswords and other puzzles which she completed in ink. Lea loved opera, cats, theater, college sports, sharing learning experiences with new friends in Shakespeare and opera classes, and getting letters to the editor published in the NY Times. Survived by her daughter, Anne Bleyman; her husband, David Minn; sister Eve Kugler; nieces and nephews.


John A. Kloetzel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Emeritus
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Phone: 541.488.9818
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