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.
Harald zur Hausen
Harald zur Hausen, MD, DSc, a Fellow of the AACR Academy and a Nobel Prize-winning virologist whose work led to the development of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, died May 29, 2023, at the age of 87.
Jeffrey W. Pollard
Jeffrey W. Pollard, PhD, a member of the AACR whose work contributed to improved understanding of the biology of breast cancer, died May 1, 2023, at the age of 73.
Renato Baserga, MD, a cell biologist and longtime member of the AACR, died March 5, 2023, at the age of 97.
John A.R. Mead
John A.R. “Tony” Mead, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR, died February 20, 2023, at the age of 92.
Nelly Auersperg passed away on January 15, 2023 at the age of 94. A pioneer in her field, Dr. Auesperg spent six decades in cervical and ovarian cancer research, publishing over 200 research papers. She was a valued member of the association for 50 years.
Soldano Ferrone, MD, PhD, a pioneering cancer immunologist, died January 10, 2023, at the age of 82.
Gloria M. Petersen
Gloria M. Petersen, PhD, a respected genetic epidemiologist and pancreatic cancer researcher, died January 8, 2023, at the age of 72.
George Sai Wah Tsao
George Sai Wah Tsao, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, passed away December 8, 2022, at the age of 67.
Shoshana Levy, PhD, a longtime cancer researcher, professor, and mentor to women in science, died November 16, 2022, at the age of 83.
Jill Hamer-Wilson, research advocate and cancer survivor, passed away November 13, 2022. Jill was a first-time participant in the 2019 Scientist↔Survior Program, a prior member of AACR, and was also featured in the 2020 Philanthropy Brief.
Malcolm Roff MacKenzie
Malcolm Roff MacKenzie, MD, AACR Emeritus member, passed away on October 6, 2022, at the age of 87.
Audrey E. Evans
Audrey E. Evans, MD, a pioneering pediatric oncologist and a cofounder of the Ronald McDonald House, died September 29, 2022, at the age of 97.
Michael B. Sporn
Michael B. Sporn, MD, a Fellow of the AACR Academy who was a pioneer in chemoprevention of cancer, died September 29, 2022, at the age of 89.
Hiroshi Shiku, MD, PhD, an immunologist whose work helped establish the foundation of cancer immunotherapy, died September 4, 2022, at the age of 79.
Lewis M. Slater
Lewis M. Slater, MD, passed away on August 21, 2022, at the age of 85. He was a former professor of medicine and pathology in the Department of Medicine at the UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Slater studied cancer chemotherapy, tumor immunology, lung cancer, leukemia and lymphoma. His research was related to tumor immunology and focused on tumor cell modification and pharmacologic methods to promote tumor immunity.
Richard B. Warnecke
Dr. Richard B. Warnecke, PhD, a longtime member of the University of Illinois Cancer Center and a national leader in cancer control research, died August 19, 2022, at the age of 84.
Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins
Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, MA, who survived ovarian cancer and went on to become a powerful patient advocate with an extraordinary passion for ending cancer health disparities, died August 1, 2022, at the age of 72.
Leslie Bernstein, PhD
Leslie Bernstein, PhD, a pioneer in the field of cancer epidemiology and prevention, died July 28, 2022, at the age of 82.
James W. Flesher
Dr. James W. Flesher, a longtime AACR member, died July 3, 2022, at the age of 97.
Raymond J. Shamberger
Dr. Raymond J. Shamberger, PhD, passed away July 2, 2022, at the age of 87.