Jody Stadler, 88, died in her home on July 28, 2018. The cause was congestive heart failure.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1929, in St. Pertersburg Fla., and was raised in Crawfordsville Ind. In 1951, she earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from Wellesley College, and in 1955, earned a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Missouri.

She went on to a Research Fellowship at Yale University in 1962, and in 1972, began working as a genetics professor at Iowa State University, where she founded and chaired the Interdepartmental Program in Genetics at ISU from 1991-97.

After retiring from ISU, she moved to St. Paul, Minn., and began pursuing a second career in art. Among other works she created portraits of elderly women and men in charcoal, pastel, and acrylic, and landscapes in pastel. Her prize-winning drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely in Midwestern galleries.