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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.

Recently Deceased Members
Edith P. Mitchell

Edith P. Mitchell

(11/20/1947 - 01/21/2024)Member since 2016

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, an oncologist, the enterprise vice president for cancer disparities at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) in Philadelphia, and a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force, died recently at the age of 76.

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Judith Campisi

Judith Campisi

(03/12/1948 - 01/19/2024)Member since 2020

Judith Campisi, PhD, an expert on the link between aging and cancer through cellular senescence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, died January 19, 2024, after a long illness.

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Worta McCaskill-Stevens

Worta McCaskill-Stevens

(07/26/1949 - 11/15/2023)Member since 2007

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, former chief of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group and director of NCI Community Oncology Research Program, died November 15, 2023, at the age of 74.

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Cullen M. Taniguchi

Cullen M. Taniguchi

(03/29/1976 - 11/15/2023)Member since 2015

Cullen M. Taniguchi, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, died November 15, 2023. He was 47 years old.

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Sharon B. Murphy

Sharon B. Murphy

(10/19/1943 - 11/04/2023)Member since 1976

Sharon B. Murphy, MD, a pediatric oncologist and clinical cancer researcher who was a longtime AACR member, died November 4, 2023, at the age of 80.

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Lee Roy Morgan, Jr.

Lee Roy Morgan, Jr.

(11/05/1936 - 10/22/2023)Member since 1965

Lee Roy Morgan, Jr., MD, PhD, a retired clinical pharmacologist and oncologist and an AACR member for 58 years, died October 22, 2023. He was 86 years old.

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Franklyn G. Prendergast

Franklyn G. Prendergast

(03/07/1945 - 10/12/2023)Member since 1995

Franklyn G. Prendergast, MD, PhD, emeritus professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science who was the first Black director of an NCI-designated cancer center, and a longtime member of the AACR, died October 12, 2023, at the age of 78.

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Gerald Litwack

Gerald Litwack

(01/11/1929 - 09/29/2023)Member since 1973

Gerald Litwack, PhD, a retired professor of biochemistry, a prolific author, and a longtime member of AACR, died September 29, 2023, at the age of 94.

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Michael R. Speicher

Michael R. Speicher

(10/25/1960 - 09/24/2023)Member since 1993

Michael R. Speicher, MD, a longtime AACR member who was professor and chairman of the Diagnostic and Research Institute of Human Genetics of the Medical University of Graz in Austria, died September 24, 2023, at the age of 62.

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Irwin H. Krakoff

Irwin H. Krakoff

(07/20/1923 - 08/09/2023)Member since 1957

Irwin H. Krakoff, MD, a pioneering oncologist and cancer center leader, died August 9, 2023, at the age of 100.

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David S. Alberts

David S. Alberts

(12/30/1939 - 07/29/2023)Member since 1975

David S. Alberts, MD, a pioneer in cancer prevention research and a longtime member of the AACR, died July 29, 2023, at the age of 83.

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Filippo G. Giancotti

Filippo G. Giancotti

(03/25/1958 - 07/14/2023)Member since 2008

Filippo G. Giancotti, MD, PhD, an expert in cancer metastasis and professor at Columbia University’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, died on July 14, 2023, at the age of 65.

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Susan M. Love

Susan M. Love

(02/09/1948 - 07/02/2023)Member since 1995

Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, a breast cancer surgeon who revolutionized patient care and advocacy, died July 2, 2023, at the age of 75.

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Richard H. Creech

Richard H. Creech

(04/06/1940 - 07/01/2023)Member since 1979

Richard H. Creech, MD, a medical oncologist and a longtime member of the AACR, died July 1, 2023, at the age of 83.

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Luigi Chieco-Bianchi

Luigi Chieco-Bianchi

(04/24/1933 - 06/23/2023)Member since 1991

Dr. Luigi Chieco-Bianchi, MD, a longterm AACR Emeritus Member, died June 23, 2023.

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A. William Blackstock Jr.

A. William Blackstock Jr.

(04/29/1963 - 06/18/2023)Member since 2001

A. William Blackstock Jr., MD, a radiation oncologist and cancer center leader, died June 18, 2023, at the age of 60.

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Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen

(03/11/1936 - 05/29/2023)Member since 1987

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.

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Roland A. Pattillo

Roland A. Pattillo

(05/06/1966 - 05/03/2023)Member since 1971

Roland A. Pattillo, MD, AACR Emeritus member, passed away May 3, 2023, at the age of 89.

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Jeffrey W. Pollard

Jeffrey W. Pollard

(01/23/1950 - 05/01/2023)Member since 2011

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.

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Renato Baserga

Renato Baserga

(04/11/1925 - 03/05/2023)Member since 1954

Renato Baserga, MD, a cell biologist and longtime member of the AACR, died March 5, 2023, at the age of 97.

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