Obituary: 'K' Lasseter, 65, of Psychiatry's
Virginia "K" Keyes Lasseter died May 12 in her
hometown of Murfreesboro,
Tenn., at her sister's
farm. Lasseter, who was 65, joined Johns Hopkins in 1969
and for the past 20
years had worked in the
Epidemiology-Genetics Program in the School of Medicine's
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
where she was a genetic analyst.
Having a love of numbers and seeing the beauty in
equations, Lasseter saw
an opportunity to
contribute to a collaborative research program
investigating schizophrenia and
psychiatric disorders. Teaching herself statistical
genetics and staying abreast
of the changing field,
she became a valued member of the international community
"Needless to say, K's loss to her colleagues and
friends at Johns Hopkins
is immense," said Ann
Pulver, a professor in the Epidemiology-Genetics Program.
"Her keen intellect,
her love for life, her
unlimited energy and her storytelling will be cherished
Lasseter is survived by her daughter, Mercedes Lucia
Suarez; her sister,
Betsy Lasseter Clark,
and her husband, Bill; her brother, Samuel L. Lasseter, and
his partner, Dillon
Kyle; her brother,
Robert C. Lasseter III; her nephews, Richard Keyes Hull and
Hull; and her great-
nephew, Branson James Hull.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on
Friday, May 29, at Brown
Church in Bolton Hill.
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