Edward M Eyring

January 7, 1931 ~ February 20, 2021

After a lifetime of devotion to family, church, and science, Edward (Ted) Marcus Eyring died on February 20, 2021. He was born January 7, 1931 in Oakland, California to Henry Eyring and Mildred Bennion Eyring. He grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was the only LDS student at Princeton High School, and where all the church meetings he attended were in the dining room at his home. He served two and a half years in the France Paris Mission.

He married Marilyn Murphy on December 28, 1954. He graduated from the University of Utah where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He completed a two-and-a-half-year tour of duty with the Air Force. In 1960, he earned a doctorate, spent a year in Germany as a Guggenheim Fellow, and then returned home to join the chemistry faculty at the University of Utah. Over the next 50 years Ted co-authored many scientific papers with his gifted students and faculty collaborators. The most important product of his teaching and research was the training of more than 100 pre- and post-doctoral students, who have each made important contributions to the field of science. One of his favorite professional activities was writing informative letters of recommendation for his former students. One of Ted’s innovations was the introduction of Service-Learning Field Projects into his classes. He received a number of awards for scientific research, but his favorite recognitions were those his students awarded for exceptional teaching.

Ted served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; in both teaching and leadership, including serving as Bishop twice. He loved his family and spent countless hours at athletic games, musical programs, and other family activities. He loved their annual trip to Laguna Beach, cruises, and other trips with his family. He and Marilyn love to travel and often visited foreign countries all over the world. For years he was an avid racquetball player

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, children Steven (Jill) Eyring, Valerie LaHaye, David (Juli) Eyring, his brothers Henry B. Eyring and Harden Eyring, 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sharon, and great granddaughter Addyson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may attend via Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83390368249?pwd=cmxlc0Mvam85VXhLM0Y4emJ6M3NGUT09

Interment will take place in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers please donate to the Edward M. Eyring scholarship fund at the University of Utah.


Dr. Eyring was a great chemistry teacher in my pre-medical school years. I also had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for him as an undergraduate. He is simply a great scientist, teacher, and individual. I am grateful to have been so influenced by him in my education. Sincerely, Ron Larkin

- Ron Larkin
I read over the condolences offered so far and thought of my own interactions with Ted over many years. I really don't have anything to add except amen to everything I read. What a great example he was of one who pursues scientific research with integrity, mentors colleagues and students with total dedication and treats everyone with kindness and caring.

- Charles Mayne
Dear Eyring Family, it is quite sad to hear of Ted's passing. He was a great mentor, inspiration, and friend during my Graduate studies at the UofU (starting 1996). His in-depth knowledge of chemistry and passion for teaching was obvious as I always left our meetings a smarter individual. What really stood out was his understanding and kindness as he also took time to really know me outside of the academic world and he truly enriched my personal life as well. He will be greatly missed.

- Ziggy Uibel
Dear Marilyn and family members I want to express my deepest sympathies for Ted's passing, but I know he is a good place now. As Marilyn may remember, I was lucky enough to work with Ted as a postdoc in 1981/82 before taking a faculty position at the University at Buffalo. But like all good mentors (and I was sure lucky in my choices of mentors over my career), Ted's impact on my life and career was NOT limited to my time at the U. He was a constant presence in my thinking about my academic career. And his presence kept my year in Salt Lake City at the forefront of my thinking of how to navigate "non traditional' aspects of being a chemistry faculty member in a research university. His personal style of leadership/collaboration helped me become a thoughtful mentor for my students, colleagues and community members. I want to offer my prayers and those from my family to for you in this time of sadness. I will try to be part of the online funeral services this Saturday. All my love, Joe Gardella

- Joseph A (Joe) Gardella, Jr.
It's difficult to express what a difference Professor Eyring made for me. As an undergraduate student, he gave me the opportunity to conduct research and helped me into my first job out of college. Later he served on my dissertation committee and provided meaningful feedback and insight. He was a sympathetic and supportive advisor when I was going through difficulties. I will aspire to follow his example professionally and personally.

- Emily Heider
Dear Eyring Family, I am so sad to hear of Ted's passing. I have so many fond memories of my interactions with Ted during my many years in the department. He was one of the most compassionate and understanding individuals I have ever met. The world would truly be a better place if everyone treated others like Ted did. I missed him after I retired and I miss him more now.

- Rick Steiner
Marilyn and family, I was so sad to learn of Ted's passing. He was Department Chair and my host at the time I interviewed at Utah, and I recall how he coached me about negotiating a job offer, as he drove me to the airport to catch my return flight. Since I started my faculty appointment at Utah right out of graduate school, Ted was my ‘postdoctoral’ mentor, who let me test ideas on his blackboard and provided honest critique and countless helpful suggestions. Throughout my career, my teaching and research have been inspired by regular visits to Ted’s office. He was a mentor, colleague, and good friend. Since he retired, I stayed in touch with Ted, with occasional phone calls. I’ll miss those conversations. You all have my deepest sympathy at this sad time. -Joel

- Joel Harris
Ted was a wonderful teacher and human being. He had a great influence in my life.

- Carlos Chu-Jon
Dear Marilyn and Ted's family, Ted was one of my favorite colleagues. In faculty meetings, he was often quiet but when he did speak, he always had something important to say. I enjoyed his company and his dry wit. I always thought of him as being quintessentially avuncular. I have missed his presence in the department and am very sad to see him go. My very best wishes to all his family and students, Peter

- Peter Armentrout
Dear Marilyn, and others in Ted's family, I'm writing to let you know how much of a difference Ted Eyring made for me as I began my career here at the University of Utah's Chemistry Department back in 1985. Ted was always cheerful and encouraging to me. He was one of my strong supporters. From the time when I interviewed and he took me to dinner at "The Five Awls" through all of our many years of teaching together, Ted was always delightful and a perfect gentleman. His dry sense of humor will stay with me forever. I'll never forget his admonition when I described something I was doing with another professor in the department: he said "When dealing with Professor X, watch your wallet!" Ted was direct, always honest, and unfailingly kind to me. I will miss him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Ted's passing will leave a huge hole in his family's lives. Even though he's been retired now for a few years, his loss is very real for all of us in the Chemistry Department as well.

- Michael Morse
One of the most humble, most brilliant, and simply best people I have ever known. Ted always, always made time for me when I had questions about how to teach some difficult concept, and he was a paragon of integrity and character. A tremendous role model as a scientist but more importantly as a person.

- Greg Owens
My Condolence. I still remember Dr. Ted Erying's determined eyes that gave me courage to stand and walk again in my trials. I sincerely appreciate his examples that became part of my life.

- JungSoo Kim
I'm so sad to hear that Prof. Eyring passed away. I was in his final thermodynamics course, and it was really nice to hear his family stories throughout the semester. He was a kind person, and really cared about the chemistry department and its students. He will be missed, and remembered through the scholarship in his name.

- Tascha Knowlton
I would like to give my condolences to the Eyring family and in particular to Steve, whom I worked with for several years at CheckRite. I have fond memories of our friendship during those years and regret having lost touch. Cherish your dad’s memory, Steve. I hope you and your loved ones make it through during these difficult times. Take care, friend.

- Verdo Thomas