Gerard A. O'Donovan

Gerard A. O’Donovan, 76, professor of biological sciences, died Feb. 19. He had taught at UNT since 1984, serving as chair of the biology department from 1984 to 1999. He supported many students as a member of the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee and served as a mentor to more than 200 master’s and doctoral students during his career. He taught courses in microbiology and medical bacteriology and received numerous teaching awards.

A native of Ireland, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University College Cork and his doctorate at the University of California, Davis. He began his lifelong study of pyrimidine metabolism in bacteria as a postdoctoral researcher at UC-Berkeley. His research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation and NATO, among other organizations. Prior to joining UNT, he served on the faculty at Texas A&M University. A celebration of his life was held at UNT’s Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building.


You inspired me, and you kept my passion for knowledge alive. You instilled in me my love of pharmacology and genetics.

To this day, I still wash my hands between patients. I also encourage my fellow physicians to do the same.

You will be missed,

Joshua Wilson

Comment #1 posted by Anonymous 17 weeks 20 hours ago.

With the greatest of appreciation and thankfulness for all you did to help me fulfill my destiny, Dr. O'Donovan, I say God Bless You and Keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and grant you His peace. It is but a short interlude as we await an eternity that is fitting and proper for all those who have embraced Jesus Christ as Lord. You are now a part of that great cloud of witnesses rallying the rest of us who are running our races here on earth. Know that you are irreplaceable and the Lord was truly glorified in and through your life here as you ran your course and blessed so, so many.

Comment #2 posted by Anonymous 1 year 5 weeks ago.

Dr. O'Donovan, it is hard to know you are gone. You are the capstone in Biological Sciences to me. You were almost too generous and caring for your own good to staff and students alike-- a trait that is almost extinct in our present society and we all covet knowing someone like you. You will be missed sweet man! ~ Debbie Jones

Comment #3 posted by Anonymous 3 years 50 weeks ago.

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