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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.

Recently Deceased Members
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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Kelly H. Clifton

Kelly H. Clifton

(07/22/1927 - 08/24/2020)Member since 1958

Kelly H. Clifton Sr., PhD, an esteemed radiation biology researcher and a longtime member of the AACR, died August 24, 2020, at the age of 93.

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Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

(11/23/1962 - 07/18/2020)Member since 2009

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, an AACR member who was considered a pioneer in the field of molecular imaging, died July 18, 2020, at the age of 57.

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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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Isaiah J. Fidler

Isaiah J. Fidler

(12/04/1936 - 05/08/2020)Member since 1971

Isaiah J. Fidler, DVM, PhD, FAACR, a pioneer in the field of cancer metastasis and a Past President of the AACR, died May 8, 2020, at the age of 83.

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Paul A. Marks

Paul A. Marks

(08/16/1926 - 04/28/2020)Member since 1957

Paul A. Marks, MD, a Fellow of the AACR Academy who translated his passion for molecular biology into transformative leadership of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, died April 28, 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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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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Nancy H. Colburn

Nancy H. Colburn

(05/15/1941 - 03/16/2020)Member since 1974

Nancy H. Colburn, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR, died March 16, 2020, at the age of 78.

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Clara D. Bloomfield

Clara D. Bloomfield

(05/15/1942 - 03/01/2020)Member since 1974

Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, a Fellow of the AACR Academy whose research identified the genetic drivers of leukemia, leading to the development of more personalized treatment for the disease, died March 1, 2020, at the age of 77.

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Philip Leder

Philip Leder

(11/19/1934 - 02/02/2020)Member since 2013

Philip Leder, MD, FAACR, a pioneering molecular biologist and geneticist and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, died February 2, 2020, at the age of 85.

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Julian L. Ambrus, Sr.

Julian L. Ambrus, Sr.

(11/29/1924 - 01/16/2020)Member since 1956

Julian L. Ambrus, Sr., MD, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR, died Jan. 16, 2020, at the age of 95.

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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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David A. Boothman

David A. Boothman

(01/21/1958 - 11/01/2019)Member since 1987

David A. Boothman, PhD, an Active member of the AACR, died on November 1, 2019. Dr. Boothman was professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and the inaugural Sid and Lois Eshkenazi Professor of Hematology-Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Peter J. Rosen

Peter J. Rosen

(12/24/1941 - 10/28/2019)Member since 2008

Peter J. Rosen, MD, an Emeritus member of the AACR, passed away on October 28, 2019, at the age of 77.

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