William L. Rathje: 1945-2012

William L. Rathje's three decades worth of landmark studies punctured many earlier assumptions of what happens when people throw things away.

William L. Rathje, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona who pioneered the study of modern refuse as a scientific discipline, died at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on May 24.

Officials said Rathje, 66, died of natural causes. Services have not been announced.

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