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Dr. Lynne Osman Elkin, Professor Emerita of the Department of Biological Sciences, Passed Away Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. Lynne Osman Elkin, Professor Emerita of the Department of Biological Sciences, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018. Prof. Elkin began her career at Cal State Hayward (East Bay) in the fall of 1971. She retired in 2004.

The following has been provided:

Dr. Lynne Osman Elkin (1946-2018)

Lynne passed away peacefully, listening to her beloved Broadway show tunes, on February 15th. She was born June 10, 1946 to Henry and Beatrice (Abramson) Osman in Brooklyn. She attended Midwood High Scholl in Brooklyn and received degrees from the University of Rochester (where she and her brother Mark have created a scholarship endowment) and completed her doctorate at UC Berkeley in biology. She was a Professor Emerita who spent her career teaching at Cal State University, East Bay where she originated Women and Science and Women in Film classes. She was truly loved by her students and was a wonderful mentor to them. At the time of her death, she had almost completed a biography of Rosalind Franklin—a largely unaccredited (at the time) contributor to the discovery of DNA. She was arguably the world's expert on Franklin and was working with producers who are in the process of making a film on Franklin's life.

Lynne's passions were her friends, pets, gardening and films. She also loved nature and recently took two trips to Alaska to see the bears. Going out to a movie and dinner with a friend or two delighted her. She will be remembered by them as charitable, funny and short in stature but large in loyalty and devotion.

Lynne lived in Rossmoor for 10 years and was active in ORT, RLSC, ROGA, the Democratic Club and the Writer's Club. She also volunteered her time at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living and the Cancer Community of Walnut Creek.

Lynne is survived by her brother Mark Osman, niece Rebecca (Dmitry) Polyakovsky, nephew Brian (Joyce) Osman, grand niece Esther Devora (Edee), grand nephew Alexander, and "bestest dog ever" Teddy. She was preceded in death by her parents, partner Winnie and cherished dogs Spotty, Ginger, Snow, Jessie and Rosie the Slugbut.

Special thanks to Allie who enabled Lynne to have the quality of life she deserved.

Donations in Lynne's memory may be given to Save Our Students (SOS) Cal State University, East Bay or the University of Rochester. The funeral is scheduled for February 21, 2018 at the Fernwood Cemetery, 301 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, at 11 a.m. A memorial service is being planned.

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