Dr. Mary F. Kanz of Galveston, TX died Sunday, July 5, 2009 of complications associated with an aggressive cancer. She was born September 7, 1943 in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Satsuma H.S. in Satsuma, Alabama in 1961. She was a double major in Biology and Chemistry at Montevallo University in Montevallo, Ala. and received her B.S. in 1965.
Mary was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she met and married James E. Kanz in 1968 and then moved with him to Medford, Mass. She enrolled as a graduate student at Tufts University where she was awarded a PhD in Biology in 1979. She and James moved to Galveston in 1979 where she was a Research Fellow with Dr Edward S. Reynolds, Chairman of the Pathology Dept. of UTMB from 1979 to 1984. In 1984, Mary became a Faculty Assoc. at UTMB, in 1986 an Instructor of Pathology, in 1988 an Assist. Prof., and in 1997 was awarded tenure and promoted to Assoc. Prof. of Pathology.
While at UTMB, Dr. Kanz received multiple grants from the NIH for her research and contributed to the understanding of injury to the biliary tract using a unique experimental system. Her most recent contribution is a book chapter which will be published in Comprehensive Toxicology. She enjoyed teaching and mentoring young scientists who recognized her special gifts by selecting Dr Kanz for the Graduate Student Association Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Experimental Pathology Dept. Student Award for Teaching and Mentoring. Dr Kanz was also extremely active in the Gulf Coast Society of Toxicology and served as one of the leaders of this group for many years.
Mary is survived by her husband James Kanz (Galveston), daughters S. Meghan Stevens (New Braunfels, TX) and Amanda Kanz (Galveston), her brother Donald Faggard (Creola, Ala.), sisters-in-law Regina Faggard (Creola) and Judy Lee (Kennewick, Wash.), son-in-law John Stevens (New Braunfels), and grandchildren John Kanz, Matthew Stevens, Mason Stevens, and Taylor Stevens (all in New Braunfels).
Mary’s family will receive visitors beginning at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, July 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, Galveston, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the memorial fund established in her honor by her beloved students, Dr. Tammy Dugas and Dr. Vicente Santa Cruz. This fund will provide a travel award to graduate students and enable them to attend a national or international meeting about environmental toxicology. Contributions can be sent to the Mary Kanz Travel Award in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Attn: Ann Anderson, 301 University Blvd, Galveston, Tx 77555-0148.