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​​​​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 2018

James F. Holland
Billy Baggett
(10/23/1928 - 1/23/2018)
Member since 1955

Billy Baggett, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jan. 23, 2018, at the age of 91. Bieber was provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Old Dominion University. 

James F. Holland
Samuel Bieber
(2/5/1926 - 1/4/2018)
Member since 1959

Samuel Bieber, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jan. 4, 2018, at the age of 91. Bieber was provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Old Dominion University. 

James F. HollandRalph J. Bernacki 
(10/9/1946 - 10/2/2018)
Member since 1976

Ralph J. Bernacki, PhD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 72.  

Günter Blobel Günter Blobel
(5/21/1936 - 2/18/2018)
Member since April 2014

Günter Blobel, MD, PhD, a Nobel Laureate and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, died Feb. 18, 2018, at the age of 81. Read more.

Michel Boiron
(1/2/1925 - 3/12/2018)
Member since January 1967

Michel Boiron, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Mar. 12, 2018, at the age of 93. 

Günter BlobelLuther W. Brady 
(10/20/1925 - 7/13/2018)
Member since January 1971

Luther W. Brady, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Jul. 13, 2018, at the age of 92. Dr. Brady was renowned radiation oncologist and authority on tumors of the eye. 

Günter Blobel E. Omer Burgert 
(5/21/1936 - 1/24/2018)
Member since January 1971

E. Omer Burgert, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Jan. 24, 2018, at the age of 93. Dr. Burgert was a key contributor to the growth of the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Günter Blobel Charles A. Coltman Jr.
(11/1/1930 - 11/28/2018)
Member since January 1973

Charles A. Coltman Jr., MD, a cofounder of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and a longtime member of the AACR, died Nov. 28, 2018, at age 88. Read more


Robert W. DayGiulio J. D'Angio
(5/2/1922 - 9/14/2018)
Member since 1961

Giulio J. D'Angio, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died  Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 96. Dr. D'Angio was a radiation oncologist and a pioneer in the treatment of children's cancers. 

Robert W. DayRobert W. Day
(10/22/1930 - 1/6/2018)
Member since 1991

Robert W. Day, MD, PhD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Jan. 6, 2018, at the age of , an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 72.  87. Read more.​

Robert W. Day
Vittorio Defendi
(11/16/1928 - 2/12/2018)
Member since 1959

Vittorio Defendi, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Feb. 12, 2018, at the age of 89. Defendi was a professor emeritus at New York University Langone Medical Center. 

James F. HollandThomas J. Dougherty
(8/2/1933 - 6/14/2018)
Member since 1975

Thomas J. Dougherty, PhD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Jun. 14, 2018, at the age of 84.  Dr. Dougherty was the developer of modern photodynamic therapy and Chief Emeritus of Roswell Park’s Photodynamic Therapy Center. 

James F. Holland
Gilbert H. Friedell
(2/28/1927 - 9/23/2018)
Member since 1960

Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Feb. 28, 2018, at the age of 91. Friedell was the Director Emeritus at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. 

Adi F. Gazdar
(5/15/1937-12/29/2018)
Member since 1972

Adi F. Gazdar, MBBS, an Active member of the AACR, died Dec. 29, 2018, at the age of 81. 

James F. HollandRuth M. Heyn
(10/10/1922 - 12/26/2018)
Member since 1977

Ruth M. Heyn, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Dec. 26, 2018, at the age of 96. Dr. Heyn authored the first manuscript on the use of vincristine in the treatment of childhood leukemia. 

James F. HollandJames F. Holland
(5/16/1925 - 3/22/2018)
Member since 1955

James F. Holland, MD, a Past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Fellow of the AACR Academy, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the age of 92. Read more.


Claude E. Merrin 
(4/18/1936 - 10/27/2018)
Member since 1977

Claude E. Merrin, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Oct. 27, 2018, at the age of 82. 

James F. Holland
Edward J. Modest
(9/9/1923 - 10/22/2018)
Member since 1954

Edward J. Modest, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Oct. 22, 2018, at the age of 91. Friedell was the Director Emeritus at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. 

James F. Holland
Osamu Shimomura
(8/27/1928 - 10/19/2018)
Member since 2013

Osamu Shimomura, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Oct. 19, 2018, at the age of 90. Read more

Alan S. Rabson Alan S. Rabson
(7/1/1926-7/4/2018)
Member since 1965

Alan S. Rabson, MD, a former deputy director of the National Cancer Institute and a longtime member of the AACR whose work in virology spanned six decades, died July 4, 2018, at the age of 92. Read more.

Peter Reichard Peter Reichard       
(1/9/1925-6/18/2018)
Member since 1975

Peter Reichard, MD, a member of the AACR for 43 years, died June 18, 2018, at the age of 93. Read more.

James F. HollandArnold E. Reif
(7/15/1924 - 10/2/2018)
Member since 1952

Arnold E. Reif, DSc, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 94.  

Peter Reichard
Paul L. Schloerb 
(10/22/1919 - 12/29/2018)
Member since 1967

Paul L. Schloerb, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Dec. 29, 2018, at the age of 99. Schloerb was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

Peter ReichardEmanuel E. Schwartz
(10/14/1923 - 7/6/2018)
Member since 1960

Emanuel E. Schwartz, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jul. 6, 2018, at the age of 94. Schwartz was a Radiologist at Graduate Hospital and served as Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiologist at Hahnemann University Hospital. 

Peter Reichard Agnes N. Stroud-Lee    
(7/23/1922-3/6/2018)
Member since 1954

Agnes N. Stroud-Lee, PhD, an AACR member for 64 years, died March 6, 2018, at the age of 95. Read more.

Sir John E. Sulston Sir John E. Sulston
(3/27/1942-3/6/2018)
Member since 2013

Sir John E. Sulston, PhD, Fellow of the AACR Academy and a Nobel Laureate, died March 6, 2018, at the age of 75. Read more.

Sir John E. Sulston
Frank Talamantes
(7/8/1943 - 10/8/2018)
Member since 2004

Frank Talamantes, PhD, a powerful advocate for Latino scientists and an emeritus member of the AACR, died Oct. 8, 2018, at age 75. Read more

Sir John E. SulstonJulian L. Van Lancker
(8/14/1923-12/3/2018)
Member since 1971

Julian L. Van Lancker, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died December 3, 2018, at the age of 94.

Enrique Vélez-García
(6/8/1935-9/1/2018)
Member since 1984

Enrique Vélez-García, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, died Sept. 1, 2018, at the age of 83.