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William Canady passes away

William Canady

A longtime friend of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, Dr. William Canady has passed away at the age of 93. 

Dr. Canady, retired professor of biochemistry in the WVU Eberly College, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Loulie Dodson Canady.

Dr. Canady was a great friend to the college, supporting a concert series and scholarships in the School of Music in memory of his daughter, Valerie, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988.

A love of the arts started at an early age for Dr. Canady, and grew as he supported himself through higher education with professional portrait photography. He was a lifelong lover of music, especially classical, Appalachian folk and jazz. 

“Bill’s deep knowledge and love of the arts has been clear since I arrived in Morgantown more than 20 years ago,” said Keith Jackson, dean of the WVU College of Creative Arts. “The contributions he and Loulie have made to the College have made Morgantown a better place.” 

Canady Scholars

Dr. Canady taught biochemistry at WVU for 40 years and was a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, as well as the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He was a founding member of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. 

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