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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 2020
Mortimer L. Mendelsohn

Mortimer L. Mendelsohn

(12/01/1925 - 01/08/2020)Member since 1959

Mortimer L. Mendelsohn, MD, PhD, a renowned biosciences professor and researcher, died January 8, 2020, at the age of 94.

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Takashi Sugimura

Takashi Sugimura

(04/20/1926 - 09/06/2020)Member since 1969

Takashi Sugimura, MD, a pioneer in biochemistry, a Fellow of the AACR Academy, and a major international figure in cancer research, died Sept. 6, 2020, at the age of 94.

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Isabelle Tabah-Fisch

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch

(11/30/1955 - 08/28/2020)Member since 2010

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch, MD, a medical oncologist who contributed greatly to drug development, died August 28, 2020, at age 64.

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Mansukh C. Wani

Mansukh C. Wani

(02/20/1925 - 04/11/2020)Member since 2000

Mansukh C. Wani, PhD, an AACR emeritus member whose research led to the discovery of the anticancer therapeutics Taxol and camptothecin, died April 11, 2020, at the age of 95.

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Zena Werb

Zena Werb

(03/24/1945 - 06/16/2020)Member since 1993

Zena Werb, PhD, an internationally renowned cell biologist and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, died June 16, 2020, at the age of 75.

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Earle Frederick Wheelock

Earle Frederick Wheelock

(02/19/1927 - 08/04/2020)Member since 1968

Earle Frederick Wheelock, MD, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR, died Aug. 4, 2020, at the age of 93.

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John W. Yarbro

John W. Yarbro

(09/15/1931 - 04/13/2020)Member since 1966

John W. Yarbro, MD, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR who held leadership roles at several major cancer institutions, passed away April 13, 2020, at age 88.

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