Dr. Robert G. Grenell, 87, neurobiologist, professor

March 24, 2004

Dr. Robert G. Grenell, a neurobiologist and former professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died of kidney failure March 17 at his home in the 3900 Apartments in Guilford. He was 87.

Dr. Grenell was born and raised in New York City and earned his bachelor's degree in 1935 from the College of the City of New York. He earned a master's degree in 1936 from New York University and his doctorate in anatomy in 1943 from the University of Minnesota.

During World War II, he was an instructor at Yale University and conducted research on the problems of high-altitude physiology experienced by aircraft pilots. From 1947 to 1948, he worked at the E.R. Johnson Foundation for research in medical physics at the University of Pennsylvania.

He came to Baltimore in 1948 when he joined the Jenkins Department of Biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1950, he was asked to help establish the Psychiatric Institute at the University of Maryland medical school. He later became director of its neurobiology section, and held that post until he retired in 1987.

Dr. Grenell was a former president of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and founder and editor of the Journal of Neuroscience Research. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed attending concerts and the symphony. He also had an extensive collection of Asian artwork including prints and ceramics.

No services were planned.

Dr. Grenell is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Dena Schild.

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