Dr. Stuart Bondurant, who served as the dean of the UNC School of Medicine for 15 years, died on Saturday, May 26.

Bondurant’s obituary said his death came after a brief illness.

Bondurant served as the dean of the Medical School from 1979 to 1994, according to the university.

He is described as a “pioneer in medical research and a leader in medical education.” UNC lists Bondurant’s service on various boards and commissions – including his work serving from 1989 to 1996 as chair of the Governor’s Commission on the Reduction of Infant Mortality – among his accomplishments.

UNC School of Medicine dedicated Bondurant Hall in his honor in 2005 when the building underwent a major renovation. The facility now contains office and classroom space for the School of Medicine.

“Dr. Bondurant was a giant in the world of medicine and a great friend and mentor to many of us,” current dean of the UNC School of Medicine William L. Roper said in a post on the UNC Health Care website. “We all share our condolences with the Bondurant family.”

Bondurant was 88.

Bondurant’s family will receive friends and colleagues on Saturday, June 2, “at a time and place to be announced,” according to his obituary, following a private service. Family members are asking that memorial gifts be directed to the UNC School of Medicine, 321 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

You can read the full obituary at the Walker’s Funeral Home website.

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