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Obituary: Regina Elandt-Johnson


Prof. Regina Elandt-Johnson died on May 31, 2011 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, distinguished Prof. Norman Lloyd Johnson (Nov. 18, 2004).

She was born in Nowogrod, Poland on Nov. 22, 1918.

Regina Elandt-Johnson was a distinguished professor with many accomplishments in the field of statistics, statistical methodology and biostatistics. Prof. Regina Elandt-Johnson, a World War II survivor, studied mathematics at Vilnius University. During World War II, she was active in AK-Polish underground resistance against German and Russian aggressors.

She received her master’s in mathematics from the University of Poznan, Poland in 1946 and Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics from the Agricultural University, Poznan, Poland in 1955.
She was a professor in the department of agricultural experimentation in the Agricultural University (1946-63) and the department of genetics in the Polish Academy of Science, Poznan (1962-64).

She became head of the mathematical statistics department in the Agricultural University in 1963-64.

In 1964, she moved to Chapel Hill and was offered a professor position in the department of biostatistics in the School of Public Health at UNC. She retired in 1985.

In 2002, she was honored for all her accomplishments and received the distinguished recognition “Doctoris Honoris Causa” from the Agricultural University.

She authored many books and countless scientific publications in the fields of mathematical and applied statistics, survivorship analysis and statistical methods in epidemiology.

She is survived by her family, Marek, Margaret, Antoni and Filip Maciolowski in Chapel Hill and nieces and nephews in Poland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Norman L. Johnson & Regina C. Elandt-Johnson Foundation, 206 Short St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

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