American Association for Cancer Research

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 all members who have passed away in the current year. Please email the Membership Department to share additional information on a deceased member.

Keith D. Amos, M.D.

Keith D. Amos, M.D.

(10/8/1970 – 6/17/2013)
Active Member since 2000

An AACR member since 2000, Dr. Amos died on June 17 at the age of 42. He was an assistant professor in the department of surgical oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Read More.

Patricia A. Buffler, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Buffler, Ph.D.

(8/1/1938 – 9/26/2013)
Active Member since 2003 

An AACR member since 2003, Dr. Buffler died on September 26 at the age of 75. She held the Kenneth and Marjorie Kaiser chair in cancer epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Read More.

Anna Maria Casazza, Ph.D.

Anna Maria Casazza, Ph.D.

(5/3/1936 – 11/17/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1978 

An AACR member since 1978, Dr. Casazza died on November 17 at the age of 77.  She was director of preclinical oncology research at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she worked until her retirement. Her work focused on the preclinical profiles of paclitaxel, carboplatin, and derivatives. Read more and see also a tribute from friends and colleagues.

Allan H. Conney, Ph.D.

(3/23/1930 – 9/10/2013)
Active Member since 1962 

An AACR member since 1962, Dr. Conney died on September 10 at the age of 83. He had established the Department of Chemical Biology in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.  Read More.

Dr. O. Colvin

O. Michael Colvin, M.D.

(6/15/1936 – 3/16/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1975 

An AACR member since 1975, Dr. Colvin died on March 16 at the age of 76. He was professor emeritus of medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C.  Read More.

Dr. Emil Frei 

Emil T. Frei, III, M.D.

(2/21/1924 – 4/30/2013)
Honorary Member since 1959

Emil “Tom” Frei III, M.D., AACR past-president (1971-1972) and a member for 54 years, died on April 30 at the age of 89. Frei was physician-in-chief emeritus and former director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Richard and Susan Smith distinguished professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.  Read More.

Steven M. Grunberg, M.D.

(6/5/1950 – 9/22/2013)
Active Member since 1985

Dr. Grunberg was a professor at the University of Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington.  He was also the current president of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. Read More.

Ronald Herberman

Ronald B. Herberman, M.D.

(12/26/1940 – 6/2/2013)
Active Member since 1969

Dr. Herberman was the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and a former member of the AACR Board of Directors. Read More.

Peter Jacobs, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., Ph.D.

Peter Jacobs, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., Ph.D.

(3/21/1934 – 11/18/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1978

Dr. Jacobs, an AACR member since 1978, died on November 18 at the age of 79. He was professor emeritus in the Division of Haematological Pathology at Stellenbosch University, in Cape Town, South Africa.  Read More.

Dr. John Kersey

John H. Kersey, M.D.

(4/22/1938 – 3/10/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1975 

Dr. Kersey, leader of the medical team that performed the world’s first bone marrow transplant for lymphoma, died on March 10 at the age of 74.  Read More.

Erik Kriek, Ph.D.

Erik Kriek, Ph.D.

(7/11/1931 – 5/19/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1981

Dr. Kriek, former head of the division of chemical carcinogenesis and honorary staff member of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, died on May 19 at the age of 81.  Read More.

Martin Lipkin, M.D.

Martin Lipkin, M.D.

(4/30/1926 - 2/2014)
Active Member since 1963

Martin Lipkin, M.D., professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, died in February 2014 at the age of 87. He was a pioneer in the fields of colorectoral pathogenesis and chemoprevention. A commited AACR member for 51 years, he was a supporter of the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship.  Read More.

Philip C. Merker, Ph.D.

Philip C. Merker, Ph.D.

(7/23/1922 – 11/19/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1958

Dr. Merker, former senior toxicologist for Proctor and Gamble, died on November 19, in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., at the age of 91. Read More.

John A. Milner, Ph.D.

John A. Milner, Ph.D.

(6/11/1947 – 12/31/2013)
Active Member since 1981

Dr. Milner died on December 31, 2013, at the age of 66. He was director of the USDA-ARS Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Program in Beltsville, MD. He is internationally renowned for his work in human nutrition and cancer prevention.  Read More.

Donald L. Morton, M.D.

Donald L. Morton, M.D.

(9/12/1934 – 1/10/2014)
Emeritus Member since 1/1/1963

Dr. Morton died on January 10, 2014, at the age of 79. He was chief of the melanoma program and co-director of the surgical oncology fellowship program at the John Wayne Cancer Institiute in Santa Monica, CA.  Read More.

Jagat J. Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Jagat J. Mukherjee, Ph.D.

(11/11/1951 – 1/24/2014)
Active Member since 4/18/2002

Dr. Mukherjee died on January 24, 2014, at the age of 62. He was a research scientist at the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory in the Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State.  Read More.

Harold L. Newmark, D.Sc., Ph.D. (h.c.)

Harold L. Newmark, D.Sc., Ph.D. (h.c.)

(7/21/1918 – 1/11/2014)
Emeritus Member since 1/1/1982

Dr. Newmark died on January 11, 2014, at the age of 95. He was resident adjunct professor and consultant at Rutgers University. He was known for his important contributions to cancer prevention research, including his work on calcium and colon cancer prevention.  Read More.

Herbert E. Nieburgs, M.D.

(1913 – 6/8/2013)
Active Member since 1950

Dr. Nieburgs is known for his pioneering research in clinical cytology and cancer medicine in the pursuit of early cancer detection.  He founded the International Society for Preventative Oncology (ISPO).  He died on June 8 at the age of 99.  Read More.

W. Bradford Patterson, M.D.

(6/25/1921 - 4/10/2013)
Emeritus Member since 1959 

W. Bradford Patterson, M.D., former director of cancer control at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, died on April 10 at the age of 91. Read More.

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Manfred F. Rajewsky, M.D.

(7/24/1934 - 7/26/2013)
Active Member since 1977

Manfred F. Rajewsky, M.D., founder of the Institute of Cell Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, in Essen, Germany, died on July 26 at the age of 79. Read More.

Janet D. Rowley, M.D.

(4/5/1925 - 12/17/2013)
Honorary Member since 1981

Janet D. Rowley, M.D., a cancer genetics pioneer and an inaugural fellow of the AACR Academy, died on December 17 at the age of 88. She was the Blum-Riese distinguished service professor of medicine, molecular genetics and cell biology, and human genetics at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Read More.

Irma H. Russo, M.D.

Irma H. Russo, M.D.

(2/28/1942 - 6/25/2013)
Active Member since 1979

Irma H. Russo, M.D., chief of the molecular endocrinology section in the breast cancer research laboratory at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, died on June 25 at the age of 71. Read More.

Frederick Sanger, Ph.D.

Frederick Sanger, Ph.D.

(8/13/1918 - 11/19/2013)
Active Member since 2013

Frederick Sanger, Ph.D., an inaugural fellow of the AACR Academy, died on November 19 at the age of 95. He was professor emeritus in the laboratory for molecular biology at the University of Cambridge, U.K., and was the only two-time Nobel laureate in chemistry.  Read More.

Philip E. Thorpe, Ph.D.

Philip E. Thorpe, Ph.D.

(7/10/1951 - 3/20/2013)
Active Member since 1992

Philip E. Thorpe, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, died on March 30 at the age of 62. Read More.

John H. Weisburger, Ph.D.

John H. Weisburger, Ph.D.

(9/15/1921 - 2/17/2014)
Honorary Member since 1951

John H. Weisburger, Ph.D., honorary AACR member and inaugural fellow of the AACR Academy, died February 17, 2014, at the age of 92. He was research professor of pathology in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY.  His research focused on the etiology of cancer. Read More.

Charles E. Wenner, Ph.D.

Charles E. Wenner, Ph.D.

(5/2/1924 - 1/8/2014)
Emeritus Member since 1955

Charles E. Wenner, Ph.D., an AACR member for 59 years, died January 8 at the age of 89. He was research professor emeritus at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY and past chair of the institute's cellular and molecular biology laboratory. Read More.

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

(11/30/1919 – 2/19/2013)
Member since 1954

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D., a pioneer in clinical cancer chemotherapy and AACR member for 59 years, died on Feb. 19, 2013, at the age of 93. The AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship was established in her honor in 2006 to recognize an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research. Read More.


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