Dr. Lawrence Lee Rudel

Dr. Lawrence Lee Rudel, 77, of Winston-Salem passed away peacefully at Vienna Village on Thursday August 29, 2019 after an extended illness.  He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 19, 1941 to Lloyd and Grace Tussey Rudel.  Larry spent his early years in Chappell, Neb and Loveland, Colorado.  He graduated from Loveland High School in 1959, Colorado State University in 1963, and received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1969.  Subsequently, he did post doctoral research at the Banting and Best Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the University of California in San Francisco.  He joined Bowman Gray School of Medicine, later Wake Forest School of Medicine, research faculty in 1973, retiring in April, 2018.  His 45 years of research was spent in the departments of Comparative Medicine, Pathology and Internal Medicine.  His research focus was on cholesterol metabolism in cardiovascular disease, a lifelong quest sparked by the early death of his father from cardiovascular disease.  He trained and mentored graduate students and postdoctoral students, demonstrated research productivity and published his results extensively, received ongoing external funding, and served the national and international biomedical research community.  Larry was a committed family man who enjoyed golfing with his sons, traveling with his family, hosting family and friends at his vacation home at Lake Lure, NC and preparing holiday turkey dinners.  He was proud of the creativity of his sons and of the accomplishments of his family.  He enjoyed the close friendships of several in his scientific community, although they were spread about the country.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Francis Rudel Hadsall.  He is survived by his wife, Katherine Bouwman Rudel of the home; 3 sons, Brian (Sheri) Rudel of Tobaccoville, NC, John (Cindee) Rudel of Norfolk, VA and David Rudel of Charlotte, NC; 5 grandchildren, Connor Rudel, Mason Rudel, Rawley Rudel, Ryan Rudel, Ruby Rudel, and a niece Traci Hadsall of Acworth, Georgia.  Appreciations to the staff of Vienna Village who showed respect and provided needed care.  Services will be planned at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

7 Responses to “Dr. Lawrence Lee Rudel

  • Elda Favari
    1 week ago

    Its been a privilege to know and work with Prof. Rudel, and I am going to miss him a lot, such a person and scientist. Someone who make the difference all over the world.
    Condolences to his family.

    Elda Favari

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Kittie , my family as well as myself extend our heart felt condolences. Hopefully you’ll remember me from our days at ” Mandala .” Respectfully submitted – HB ” Harry ” Harris and Family.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Dear Kitty

    It is so hard to loose a love one. May the peace of God bring you the grace you need to move forward. You have been blessed with many friends and your family who will walk with you on your Journey.
    Hugs, Jackie Dahl your classmate of Greenville High School. Class of 1962

  • Robyn Gore
    2 weeks ago

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dr. Rudel’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Wake Forest and he always took the time to explain to me where is was with his wonderful research. My husband, who didn’t know Dr. Rudel, often reminds me of the story of when he was taking a business trip and randomly was seated next to Dr. Rudel (who was also on a business trip) on the plane. They struck up conversation, talked through the whole flight and my husband walked away feeling like he made a new friend for life!

  • Monte Ball
    2 weeks ago

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Monte & Linda

  • Stan Clarkson
    2 weeks ago

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dr. Rudel’s passing. I enjoyed knowing him and his wife growing up. He was an incredibly nice man that I remember fondly.

    Stan Clarkson

  • Jay Kaplan
    2 weeks ago

    Dear Kitty
    So sorry for your loss. Larry was my first and favorite mentor and I remember him fondly. He was one of the most dedicated scientists i have ever known.
    Jay Kaplan

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