Lorin J. Mullins, 76, retired biophysicistLorin John...


April 19, 1993

Lorin J. Mullins, 76, retired biophysicist

Lorin John Mullins, former chairman of the biophysics department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died Wednesday of cancer at the Heron Point Retirement Community in Chestertown. He was 76.

Dr. Mullins, a Baltimore resident since 1960, was moving to Heron Point. He had been a professor emeritus since retiring in 1988 from the medical school, where he had been chairman of the biophysics department for 30 years.

Dr. Mullins' research on ions, radioisotopes and anesthetics was recognized internationally. In the 1980s, he received two awards from the Venezuelan government for helping establish biophysics studies in Caracas.

He was a member of the Bermuda Biological Laboratory in 1951 and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., from 1956 to 1977. He was on the board of scientific counselors at the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Strokes at the National Institutes of Health from 1969 to 1973.

Before working at the University of Maryland, Dr. Mullins taught and did research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine; Wayne State University in Detroit; the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; the Zoological Station in Naples, Italy; Purdue University; the Johnson Research Foundation in Philadelphia; and the Johns Hopkins University.

He wrote and served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals and often lectured on biophysics.

Dr. Mullins was born in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 and a doctorate in 1940 from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Mullins was a major in the Air Force during World War II, and later served in the Air Force Reserve. While in the service, he studied the effects of high altitudes on military personnel.

He had a pilot's license and enjoyed baroque music, ballet and opera. He also traveled around the world, visiting Europe, South America, the Far East and Australia.

Dr. Mullins is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Rowena Stetson; a daughter, Carla Witten of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Andrew Sprague Mullins of Westminster; and five grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Beulah Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 8 at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church.

The family suggested memorial donations to the church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville 21093, or to the Heron Point Benevolent Fund, 501 Campus Ave., Chestertown 21620-1680.

Robert Nicholson Jr.

Helped tie city, NBC radio

Robert J. Nicholson Jr., who helped lead efforts to bring network radio to Baltimore in the 1920s, died Saturday of heart failure at his home on Tamworth Road in North Baltimore. He was 89.

As executive secretary of the Baltimore Trade Association in 1929, he helped link the city with NBC Radio in New York City.

Before he retired 18 years ago, Mr. Nicholson owned and operated the R. J. Nicholson Co., a distributor of industrial safety products.

Mr. Nicholson lived all his life in Baltimore -- and more than 60 years on South Road in the Mount Washington neighborhood where he was reared.

He attended Mount Washington Elementary School and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute, where he played attack on the championship 1923 lacrosse team.

Mr. Nicholson attended Washington College and the Johns Hopkins University, where he was captain of the freshman football team in 1925 and a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

He was a past president of the Mount Washington Club and the Mount Washington school's PTA, and a member of the Hopkins Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church, South Road and Kelly Avenue in Mount Washington.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Margaret Luckett; a daughter, Peggy N. Sadtler of Baltimore; two sons, Robert J. Nicholson III of York, Pa., and Edmond L. Nicholson of Baltimore; a sister, Louise N. Hall of Williamsport; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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