Agnes N. Stroud-Lee, PhD, an AACR member for 64 years, died March 6, 2018, at the age of 95.
Stroud-Lee was a member of Santa Clara Pueblo, a Native American tribe. She was born Floy Agnes Naranjo on July 23, 1922, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Mexico in 1945, then worked for the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos as a hematology technician. During her time at Los Alamos, she met renowned scientists including J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi.
After World War II, she began graduate school at the University of Chicago, ultimately earning a PhD in zoology. Her research focused on radiation biology and cytogenics, specializing in cancer research and advancing the science of tissue culture and chromosome analysis. In the 1960s, Stroud-Lee pioneered a method of computer analysis of chromosomes.
She held positions at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, the Pasadena Foundation for Medical Research; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and the Mammalian Biology Group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
She was a founding member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, an early member of the Tissue Culture Association, and a member of the International Society for Cell Biology, among other scientific associations.
Stroud-Lee became an active member of the AACR in 1954 and transferred to Emeritus membership in 1979. During her tenure as an AACR member, Stroud-Lee was a member of Women in Cancer Research and the Chemistry in Cancer Research and Tumor Microenvironment Working Groups.