It is appropriate that a man who truly loved his life's work - and who at age 87 went to his office daily - would pass away on the day that celebrated and honored workers, Labor Day, Sep 2, 2013. John Dudley Corbett, a resident of Ames for over sixty years, died six days after a severe stroke.
John was a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University who joined the faculty in 1952 in inorganic chemistry. In his long career, he was mentor and co-researcher to scores of graduate and post-doctoral students, many of whom he still keeps in close contact with and who praise his mentorship, friendship, energy, and enthusiasm for chemistry. John received virtually every major award in his field, notably the Humboldt Prize (1985), membership in the National Academy of Sciences (1992) and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society (2000). In 2007 he established an endowed professorship at ISU in his name.