Dr. James Dean Fenters, 71, of Chicago, formerly of Attica, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. He was born on Sept. 23, 1936, in Attica, son of the late Noel Dean Fenters and LaVerna Wilkinson Fenters Mountz, and stepson of Elanore Fenters and Elvin "Red" Mountz. He grew up in Attica and graduated from Attica High School. He then received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and later his master's and doctorate degrees from the State University of Iowa School of Medicine. He moved to Chicago in 1962.
Dr. Fenters, a well-known microbiologist, worked at IIT Research Institute (IITRI) in Chicago for 31 years, and served as director of the Life Sciences Department at IITRI from 1989 to 1993. In this role, he oversaw approximately 100 scientists and technicians working in cancer research, environmental toxicology, preclinical drug development and biodefense. He retired in 1997. He was a member of numerous scientific organizations.
A memorial service will be held in Chicago at a later date.
Surviving are many good friends and family, including his close friends, Catherine Aranyi and Larry Ellison, both of Chicago, and Roberta Brown of Pine Village. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Attica. Arrangements handled by Maus Funeral Home, Attica.
Published in Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Indiana, November 21, 2007.