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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
(07/03/1959 - 03/21/2021)
Member since 1994
José Baselga, MD, PhD, AACR Past President, Fellow of the AACR Academy, and a major force in the development of molecular targeted agents in precision cancer medicine, died March 21, 2021, at the age of 61.
(08/20/1942 - 03/18/2021)
Member since 1990
Howard Sands, PhD, a longtime member of the AACR, died March 18, 2021 at the age of 78.
(01/04/1953 - 03/15/2021)
Member since 2020
Sandra L. Spivey, a passionate patient advocate and an Affiliate member of the AACR, died March 15, 2021, at the age of 68.
(08/23/1942 - 02/11/2021)
Member since 1997
Michael J. Weber, PhD, an AACR member and former director of the University of Virginia Cancer Center, died February 11, 2021, at the age of 78.
(11/15/1928 - 02/09/2021)
Member since 1967
Daniel P. Griswold Jr., DVM, a longtime member of the AACR, died February 9, 2021, at the age of 92.
(03/16/1927 - 02/01/2021)
Member since 1962
Emil J Freireich, MD, DSc, FAACR, a Fellow of the AACR Academy who developed a landmark treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, died February 1, 2021 at the age of 93.
(09/19/1935 - 01/21/2021)
Member since 1972
Joseph V. Simone, MD, a former member of the AACR Board of Directors and an innovative leader of several of the nation’s preeminent cancer centers, died Jan. 21, 2021, at the age of 85.
(01/13/1945 - 01/20/2021)
Member since 1984
J. Gordon McVie, MD, DSc, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, an innovative leader of several international cancer organizations, died January 20, 2021, at the age of 76.
(02/11/1933 - 12/10/2020)
Member since 1998
Albert de la Chapelle, MD, PhD, a pioneering geneticist whose work contributed to the understanding of Lynch syndrome, died December 10, 2020, at the age of 87.
(07/28/1951 - 11/01/2020)
Member since 1996
David A. Ahlquist, MD, a gastroenterologist who helped invent a noninvasive test to screen for colorectal cancer, died November 1, 2020, at the age of 69.
(01/10/1967 - 10/29/2020)
Member since 2011
Angelika Amon, PhD, a renowned molecular and cell biologist whose work revealed important mechanisms of cell division and growth, died October 29, 2020, at the age of 53.
(11/27/1991 - 10/25/2020)
Member since 2016
Kayla-Marie Denise Jones, MS, an animal scientist and an associate member of the AACR, died October 25, 2020, at the age of 28.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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