Joseph A. DiPaolo, PhD, an emeritus member of the AACR, died November 3, 2015, at the age of 91. An active AACR member since 1957, DiPaolo served on the AACR board of directors from 1983 to 1986.
A renowned cancer researcher, DiPaolo was scientist emeritus at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland, where he spent most of his career, including as chief of the laboratory of biology in the Division of Basic Science. Before his tenure at the NCI, which began in 1976, DiPaolo was a senior cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. His research was cited in the landmark 1964 report, ‘smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.
Born June 13, 1924, DiPaolo graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and his doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Early in his career, DiPaolo was an instructor of genetics bacteriology at Loyola University in Chicago and an instructor of clinical and experimental pathology at Northwestern University School of Medicine. DiPaolo continued to teach while at the NCI at George Washington University in Washington, where he was an associate professor.
DiPaolo’s career included myriad international collaborations. He was chair of the U.S. Soviet Cancer Exchange (1973-1976) and the U.S.-Germany Cancer Program Area for Environmental Carcinogenesis (1979-1985), and co-chair of the 1994 Cervical Cancer Prevention and Therapy Symposium Union for International Cancer Control in New Delhi. Additionally, he was a consultant for the United States-Poland Cancer Program (1979-1991) and a member of the scientific committee of the 23rd International Papilloma Conference in 2006.)
In addition to his 58 years of AACR involvement, DiPaolo was a member of numerous other professional organizations, including the Council of European Research, the Genetics Society of America, the European Association for Cancer Research, and was a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.