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Ian S. Little

December 20, 1979 - May 29, 2010
Iowa City, Iowa

On May 29, 2010, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Ian Scott Little lost his valiant battle against complications from his treatments for acute myeloid leukemia. He was in no discomfort at the end and slipped away peacefully, with his loved ones nearby.

Early in his treatment, when there were so many questions and uncertainties, Ian said he wasn’t afraid of death and that whatever happened he was proud of the person he had become, personally and professionally. His parents will receive strength and support from their memories of their son and their pride in the man he turned out to be. It is unusual for a child to become an example of courage and perseverance to his parents. Ian was such an individual.

Ian’s loved ones want to express their deep gratitude for all of the thoughts and prayers received during this difficult journey. These expressions of concern and hope were very sustaining through this struggle. Ian was appreciative right to the end for the caring messages and acts of kindness he received.

Ian was a 1998 graduate of Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He earned his BS in industrial-organizational psychology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and went directly on to earn his master's and his PhD with honors from Bowling Green University in Ohio. He worked as a research scientist at Pearson in Iowa City, Iowa.

Ian was an avid cyclist and runner, and at various times he has been a competitive swimmer and has played hockey, soccer, and rugby.

Ian is survived by his father and mother, Phillip and Sherry Little of Granger, Indiana, his beloved fiancée Erika Hall and her two sons Finnegan and Sullivan of Iowa City, Iowa, his grandparents Carl and Naomi Metzger of Brownstown, Michigan, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Private memorial services for family, friends, and colleagues will be held in Iowa City and in Michigan. The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org, or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City is caring for Ian’s family and his arrangements. Online condolences may made at www.gayandciha.com.