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October 8, 2001

Grad Student to Run Marathon to
Raise Funds in Professor's Memory

Gary Laevsky, a graduate student in molecular and cell biology, will run the Hartford Marathon on Oct. 13 to raise money for a memorial fund for the late Richard C. Crain. Crain was a popular professor of molecular & cell biology and long-distance runner who died unexpectedly in 1998.

Laevsky has secured more than $2,500 in pledges for the Richard C. Crain Fund at the UConn Foundation. He is aiming to raise $5,000. The Crain Fund will support graduate fellowships in the department.

"Dr. Crain treated me well and I wanted to do something to thank him," Laevsky says.

David Knecht, a professor of molecular & cell biology who is Laevsky's advisor, says "Rich Crain was an internationally recognized leader in his field of scholarly endeavor. He was also one of our finest teachers and is regarded as a standard by which his colleagues judge their own contributions."

Anyone interested in making a pledge may contact Gary Laevsky at (860) 486-1895 or by e-mail at