Jill Countryman

Jill Kathryn Countryman, 58, of Woodbridge, CT died on Feb 11, 2011. Jill was born in New Brunswick, NJ, graduated from Saint Lawrence University, and received her Ph.D. from Yale. She was a research scientist in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the Yale School of Medicine. Jill was an accomplished equestrian. She is survived by her devoted husband Dr. David Podell, loving children Kate and Sam Podell, and parents Doris and Robert Countryman.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yale Thoracic Oncology Program c/o Margaret Lukaszyk, Yale School of Medicine, Office of Development, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-7611.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 15th at 11 A.M. in Battell Chapel at Yale University with Rabbi James Ponet officiating.

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  1. Michael Schwartz said,

    02.15.11 at 9:01 pm

    David and family,

    Susan and I are heartbroken to learn of Jill’s death. I can still remember the days in Geneva early in your relationship when Jill used to visit. The images are crystal clear in my mind.

    Our sincerest condolences,

    Michael Schwartz

  2. Betsy Marsh and Alan Soloway said,

    02.15.11 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Dr. Podell, Kate, and Sam,

    We were greatly saddened to learn of Jill’s death. She was always such a cheerful neighbor and loving mother. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Betsy, Alan, Michael and Kathryn

  3. Jenna Hirsch said,

    02.16.11 at 1:52 am

    To the Podell family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss, but also know it is a loss for everyone who knew Jill. No matter what, she always had a smile on her face.. except maybe when she was showing the Salt-man, then it was business! She will truly be missed and as you know you have the support of everyone around you.

    I will always remember your kindness on the trips to shows, allowing me to bunk with you in Oklahoma.. always such a warm and giving person.

    With Memories,

  4. Kathy Barkin said,

    02.17.11 at 12:39 pm

    Dear David, Kate and Sam;
    David, Aaron and I were so devastated to hear about Jill’s death. I didn’t know her well but we would chat when Sam was invited to Aaron’s parties in the past when they were friends at Beecher.Jill was so warm and lovely whenever I ran into her at Beecher or about Woodbridge.
    I really wish I had had an opportunity to get to know her. Please accept our heartfelt condolences . She will be missed by so many. May she be at peace.
    with deepest Sympathy,
    Kathy, David and Aaron Barkin

  5. Barb Viglione said,

    02.18.11 at 12:47 pm

    Jill was one of our favorites! A beautiful woman inside and out. She always had a fantastic attitude and outlook. She will be missed. Sincere sympathy to her family.

    The staff at Dr. Grauer’s office

  6. Jody Case Chwiecko said,

    02.18.11 at 2:22 pm

    Dave-I just heard from St. Lawrence and I am so sorry for your loss. I talked to Jill on Facebook a few times the last few months and had no idea she was ill. Please send my condolences to Jill’s Mom and Dad and I will contact you directly soon. Love, Jody

  7. Bill and Kathy Langston said,

    02.19.11 at 2:37 pm

    Dave – We were so sorry to hear about Jill. We both have such fond memories of our time at St. Lawrence with her. We hope you and your kids are coping and doing well.

  8. Dorothy and John Bonacum said,

    02.21.11 at 10:01 pm

    Our love and deepest sympathy to you, Dr. Podell, and to Kate and Sam. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dorothy and John Bonacum

  9. Julie Bonacum said,

    02.24.11 at 12:48 am

    I have been thinking about you and praying for Jill, you and your family.
    I hope that you can feel all the love and support which surrounds you during this difficult time.

  10. Steve West said,

    02.24.11 at 3:27 am

    Dave – I just heard the news about Jill’s passing. It has been many years since Jill and I were friends and colleagues at Yale, but Jill is a person never to be forgotten. She had a vibrancy for life that will live on with us all. My sincere sympathies to you, Kate and Sam.
    Steve West