In Memoriam

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we report the death of the following AACR members. The AACR is honored to recognize these outstanding members for their dedication to the association and to the field of cancer. Please note that this information is only that which has been volunteered to us by colleagues, friends, and family. The following list includes members who have passed away in the current year. Please email the Membership Department to share additional information on a deceased member.

Deceased Members in 2015​

Robert J. ArceciRobert J. Arceci, MD, PhD
(5/22/1950 - 6/8/2015)
Member since 1990

Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD, director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Hematology and Oncology and co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, died June 8, 2015. Arceci had been a member of the AACR since 1990. Read more.

 Arthur AxelradArthur Axelrad, MD, PhD
(12/30/1921 - 4/17/2015)
Member since 1956

Arthur Axelrad, MD, PhD, an emeritus member of the AACR who first joined the organization in 1956, died April 17, 2015, at the age of 91. Axelrad, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, was a renowned scientist known for his research on leukemia and hemopoiesis. Read More.

Guy G. Chabot, PhD Guy G. Chabot, PhD
(8/2/1948 - 2/8/2015)
Member since 1986

Guy G. Chabot, PhD, died Feb. 8, 2015, at the age of 66. He was INSERM research director at the University of Paris Descartes in Paris, France. His resea​rch focused on pharmacokinetics and metabolism. ​Rea​d more.

Joseph A. DiPaolo, PhD
(6/13/24- 11/3/15)
Member since 1957

Joseph A. DiPaolo, PhD, an emeritus member of the AACR, died Nov. 3, 2015, at the age of 91. An active AACR member since 1957, DiPaolo served on the AACR board of directors from 1983 to 1986. Read more.

Lois B. Epstein, MD, DScLois B. Epstein, MD, DSc
(12/29/1933 - 2/6/2015)
Member since 1977

Lois B. Epstein, MD, DSc, died Feb. 6, 2015, at the age of 81. She was professor of pediatrics at UCSF until her retirement in 1996. She was a pioneer in the research of interferons. ​Read more.​

Maire T. Hakala-Zakrzewski, PhD
(2/15/1917 - 1/16/2015)
Member since 1963

Maire T. Hakala-Zakrzewski, PhD,​​ died Jan. 16, 2015, at the age of 97. Her research focused on basic studies of all aspects of chemotherapy. Prior to her retirement, she worked at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Read more and see also a tribute from Enrico Mihich, MD, FAACR​. (Adobe Reader required)

Brian E. Henderson, MDBrian E. Henderson, MD
(6/27/1937 - 6/20/2015)
Member since 1987

Brian E. Henderson, MD, former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, died June 20, 2015, at the age of 77. Henderson, who once served as the director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, was the Kenneth T. Norris Jr. chair in cancer prevention and distinguished professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. Read more.

Frederick P. Li, MDFrederick P. Li, MD
(7/7/1940 - 6/12/2015)
Member since 1975

Frederick P. Li, MD, professor emeritus of clinical cancer epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; professor emeritus of medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and fellow of the AACR Academy, died June 12, 2015. Read more.  

Irwin A. RoseIrwin A. Rose, MD, PhD 
(7/16/1926 - 6/2/2015)
Fellow of the AACR Academy

Irwin A. Rose, PhD, a Nobel laureate and fellow of the AACR Academy, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 88. Rose, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine, was known for his groundbreaking work that helped lead to further understanding of diseases including cancer, cystic fibrosis, and Parkinson’s disease. 
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Julie A. Ross, PhD​​Julie A. Ross, PhD
(3/15/1961 - 6/19/2015)
Member since 1992

Julie A. Ross, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, died June 19, 2015, at the age of 54. Ross had been a member of the AACR since 1992. Read More.

​​​Alan C. Sartorelli, PhDAlan C. Sartorelli, PhD
Member since 1960

​ Alan C. Sartorelli, PhD, died April 30, 2015, in Connecticut at age 84. He was a pioneer in cancer chemotherapy, past president of the AACR, and Fellow of the AACR Academy. Read more.

Arthur C. Upton, MD Arthur C. Upton, MD
(2/27/1923 - 2/14​/2015)
Member since 1954

Arthur C. Upton, MD, died Feb. 14, 2015, at the age of 92. He was a renowned pathologist and expert in radiation biology​​. He was an emeritus professor of environmental and community medicine at the Rutgers R.W. Johnson Medical School. He was an AACR past-president (1963-1964) and an elected Fellow of the AACR Academy.  ​Read mo​re.​
Meir Wetzler, MDMeir Wetzler, MD
(12/1/1954 - 2/23/2015)
Member since 1993

Meir Wetzler, MD, died Feb. 23, 2015, at the age of 60. He was chief of the leukemia section and medical director of clinical services in the Department of Medicine at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York​​. Re​ad more.​

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