Dedman College 2021
Bill Orr, professor of biological sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, joined SMU in 1986. Prior to SMU, he received a B.A. in French and a Ph.D. in biology at Wayne State University. He later conducted his postdoctoral training at Harvard University. Over the last three decades, his research has focused on antioxidant genes and their impact on aging and its related conditions such as Alzheimer's - work which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has been a member of three different National Institutes of Health study sections and lists some 85 publications to his credit. He also served as chair of the Biological Sciences Department for eight years, leading multiple successful recruiting ventures. He retires as professor emertius of biological sciences.