UWG Mourns the Passing of Biology Professor

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dr. Joseph W. Huff, an Assistant Professor of Biology for the University of West Georgia, passed away on May 27, 2013 at the age of 56.

A University of West Georgia alumnus and Carrollton native, Huff obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Chemistry from UWG, then West Georgia College, in 1977. He also received a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from The Medical College of Georgia.

Huff became a professor at UWG in 2002. He instructed a number of courses for nursing students, college seniors and graduate students in Human Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, and Neuroscience. He also directed students in eye research.

Huff dedicated his career and research studies to vision, specifically on the physiology of the cornea. His research was aimed at doubling or tripling eye bank storage, which allowed recipients to receive transplants. Huff wrote and co-authored 40 published research papers on contact lens solutions and the cornea, and he has also been a presenter at many international symposiums for Optometry and Ophthalmology.

Huff held several titles including Vice President of the Georgia Institute of Science and Technology, Director and CEO of Materials and Surfaces, Ltd., and an R&D consultant in industrial biological science. He was a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Society for Contact Lens Research, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Rho Chi, Sigma Xi, the West Georgia Telecommunications Alliance, and a founding member of Materials Science Symposium.

Huff leaves behind his sister Mary Huff, Atlanta; his sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Thomas Coleman, Atlanta; his brother John R. Huff, Fairfield, Iowa; and his brother and sister-in-law Dr. James C. Huff and Paula Huff, Carrollton, Ga.

An informal celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Almon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to the Georgia Eye Bank at www.georgiaeyebank.org, or to the University of West Georgia Biology Club.