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In Memoriam

Henry N. Claman, M.D.

Henry N. Claman, M.D., AAI '65, a long-time professor of allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Colorado, died on September 3 in Denver. During his time as an AAI member, Dr. Claman served on the Education Committee, the Nominating Committee, as chair of the Awards Committee, and as a representative on the IUIS Advisory Committee. Dr. Claman was an emeritus member at the time of his death. The following tribute, submitted by Dr. Claman’s University of Denver colleague Stephen C. Dreskin, M.D., Ph.D., will appear in a forthcoming issue of the AAI Newsletter.

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It is with great respect that I inform the AAI membership of Dr. Henry Claman’s passing on Saturday, September 3, after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. (Read more...)

   
   
William E. Paul, M.D.

William E. Paul, M.D., AAI ’67

Renowned immunologist and past AAI president William E. Paul, M.D., AAI ’67, died on September 18, 2015. Dr. Paul was an AAI Council member 1982 – 1988, and served as AAI president from 1986 to 1987. Since 1970, Paul was chief of the Laboratory of Immunology at NIAID, NIH, where he achieved acclaim for groundbreaking work on T cell and cytokine biology, including the discovery of interleukin-4 and extensive research helping establish its role as a critical regulator of allergic and inflammatory diseases. He also contributed seminal research delineating the mechanisms by which naïve CD4+ T cells differentiated into T helper effector cells. Paul received numerous awards for his scientific accomplishments and dedication to his trainees including the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) and the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award (2014). In addition to his service on Council, Paul was on many AAI committees (Awards, Finance, Nominating, and Program.) Paul served The Journal of Immunology as an associate and section editor and represented AAI in national and international organizations. For highlights of his AAI service and career achievements, and to view Paul's 2012 interview for the AAI Oral History Project, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site. An AAI in memoriam appeared in the November 2015 issue of the AAI Newsletter and December 15, 2015, issue of The Journal of Immunology. An NIAID, NIH remembrance appears here; to view Paul’s 2014 retrospective on his career, published in the Annual Review of Immunology, click here.
   
   
J. Don Capra, M.D.

J. Donald Capra, M.D., AAI ’70

Former AAI secretary-treasurer J. Donald "Don" Capra, M.D., AAI ’70, died on February 24, 2015, at the age of 77 following an extended illness. Dr. Capra served as secretary-treasurer on the AAI Council and chaired the AAI Finance Committee from 1997-2003. He was a recipient of the AAI Distinguished Service Award in 1993 for his service as chair of the AAI Program Committee and previously served as a member and chair of the AAI Nominating Committee and member of the AAI Committee on Public Affairs. In addition, Capra was a past associate and section editor for The Journal of Immunology and an AAI delegate to the International Union of Immunological Societies General Assembly. His antibody research during a lengthy tenure at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is credited with helping lay the foundation for the field of monoclonal antibody therapy in a number of human diseases. At the time of his death, Capra was President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, which doubled in size and more than tripled its NIH funding support during his 9-year leadership beginning in 1997. An AAI in memoriam appeared in the June 2015 issue of the AAI Newsletter. Obituaries published by The New York Times, Burlington Free Press, Abilene Reporter-News, The Oklahoman, and other publications are available via the University of Texas memorial site.
   
   
Donald Metcalf, M.D.

Donald Metcalf, M.D., AAI Hon. ’92

AAI honorary member Donald Metcalf, M.D., AAI Hon. ’92, died on December 15, 2014, at the age of 85. A leading cancer researcher known as the father of modern hematology, Dr. Metcalf was a professor emeritus at Australia’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). His many collaborations with immunologists over many years spurred major contributions to the field, including through his early studies on the biology of the thymus and later research on immune system development. For highlights of Metcalf’s scientific achievements and links to his academic bio and Australian Academy of Science interview, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site. Online tributes to Metcalf include those published by The Guardian, Immunity, Nature: Immunology & Cell Biology, and WEHI. Inspired by Metcalf’s extraordinary contributions to medical science and to the careers of many young researchers over six decades, a memorial scholarship fund has been established at WEHI in his name.

     
     
Herman Eisen, M.D.

Herman N. Eisen, M.D., AAI ’51

  Renowned immunologist and past AAI president Herman N. Eisen, M.D., AAI ’51, died on November 2, 2014, at the age of 96. He was the oldest and second-longest tenured AAI member at the time of his death. An emeritus professor of biology at MIT whose active research career spanned six decades and extended to the end of his life, Eisen is perhaps best known for groundbreaking research in which he described affinity maturation: the process by which activated B cells produce antibodies with an increasingly higher affinity for invading pathogens after infection. The recipient of the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) and AAI Behring Heidelberger Award (1993), Eisen was a member of the AAI Council from 1964 to 1971, including as AAI president from 1968 to 1969, and served on numerous AAI committees (including the AAI Awards Committee and AAI Nominating Committee) and on the editorial board of The Journal of Immunology (The JI). For highlights of his AAI service and career achievements, and to view Eisen's 2012 interview for the AAI Oral History Project, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site. An AAI in memoriam appeared in the The JI and the Winter 2014-2015 issue of the AAI Newsletter. An obituary published by MIT appears here.
     
     
Ray Owen, Ph.D.

Ray D. Owen, Ph.D., AAI '66

  Ray D. Owen, Ph.D. (AAI '66), a pioneering immunologist who was the recipient of the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award in 1999, died on September 21, 2014, at the age of 98. Owen's 1945 discovery of immunological tolerance in twin cattle was a building block for the experimental induction of tolerance through immune suppression and for early tissue grafting, which initiated the era of organ transplantation. An emeritus professor of biology at Caltech, Owen was remembered by many who benefitted from his generous and dedicated mentoring, including the authors of an AAI in memoriam appearing in the December 2014 issue of the AAI Newsletter. A remembrance published by Caltech is available here.
     
     
John Fahey, M.D.

John L. Fahey, M.D., AAI '64

  Prominent immunologist and longtime AAI member John L. Fahey, M.D. (AAI ’64) died on August 19, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado, at the age of 89. Fahey was renowned for fundamental contributions to research in immunology, aging, cancer, and medicine—and for his devotion to mentoring other scientists. Fahey was an emeritus professor in the departments of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics and of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a key member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. An in memoriam appeared in the December 2014 issue of the AAI Newsletter and a tribute published by his UCLA colleagues is available here.
     
     
David W. Talmage, M.D.

David W. Talmage, M.D., AAI '54

  Past AAI president (1978-1979) David W. Talmage, M.D. (AAI '54), a distinguished professor at the University of Colorado, died on March 6, 2014. Talmage was credited with conceptualizing many central tenets of immunology, in particular those that led to the clonal selection theory. A member of the AAI Council from 1973 to 1978, Talmage was the recipient of the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. An AAI in memoriam appeared in the June/July 2014 issue of the AAI Newsletter. For highlights of Talmage's AAI service and career achievements, and to view his 2012 interview for the AAI Oral History Project, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site.
     
     
Len Herzenberg, Ph.D.

Leonard A. Herzenberg, Ph.D., AAI ’68

  Longtime AAI member Leonard A. Herzenberg, Ph.D. (AAI '68), a prominent immunologist and past recipient of the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award, died on October 27, 2013, at the age of 81. His work, including the pioneering of flow cytometry and development of the first FACS cell sorters and related technology, revolutionized the field. Dr. Herzenberg served on multiple AAI committees and on the editorial board of The Journal of Immunology. A tribute authored by past Herzenberg trainee Mario Roederer, Ph.D., appeared in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the AAI Newsletter.
     
     
Leo Lefrancois, Ph.D.

Leo Lefrançois, Jr., Ph.D., AAI '94

  AAI joined his family, friends, and colleagues in mourning the sudden loss of then-AAI Program Chair Leo Lefrançois, Jr., Ph.D. (AAI '94), who died on July 20, 2013, while vacationing in northern Italy. His death came just weeks following the culmination of his efforts as a central figure in organizing the highly successful IMMUNOLOGY 2013™ AAI Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration held in Honolulu, Hawaii. A tribute authored by then-AAI president Marc Jenkins appeared in the September 2013 issue of the AAI Newsletter.
     
     
Baruj Benacerraf, M.D.

Baruj Benacerraf, M.D., AAI '57

 

Nobel laureate (1980) and past AAI president (1973) Baruj Benacerraf, M.D. (AAI '57), died on August 2, 2011, at the age of 90. Benacerraf served as AAI president in 1973 and as a member of the AAI Council from 1968-1975. He was a member of various AAI committees, including the Committee on Public Affairs (1989-91), ad hoc Steering Committee for the International Congress (1968-69), First International Congress of Immunology Committee (1970-71), and ad hoc Committee on Public Relations (1972-73). Benacerraf served from 1968-72 as an associate editor for The Journal of Immunology (The JI) and was a member of The JI Editorial Board from 1972-79. The 2001 AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award honoree, Benacerraf was an AAI Plenary Lecturer at the 1980 AAI Annual Meeting and was one of four featured speakers for the special 75th AAI Anniversary Symposium, "Immunology in Perspective," at the 1988 AAI Annual Meeting. An AAI tribute authored by Ron Germain and Steve Burakoff, capturing the remembrances of many colleagues, was published in The Journal of Immunology and appeared in the October-November 2011 issue of the AAI Newsletter. For highlights of Benacerraf's AAI service and career achievements, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site.

     
     
Ruth Kirschstein, Ph.D.

Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D., AAI '65

 

Dr. Ruth Kirschstein Remembered - Fond, Admiring Remembrances Abound for Pioneering NIH Scientist and Administrator, Recipient of 2002 AAI Public Service Award

In the wake of her October 2009 death, Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D. (AAI '65), was the subject of a wide range of remembrances from many corners within the scientific community and beyond. Tributes on various NIH and National Library of Medicine websites, profiles in leading newspapers and scientific publications, and blog entries posted by colleagues, former mentees, and other admirers attest to her remarkable career and to the extraordinary professional and personal impact she had on so many. Tributes included the day-long NIH celebration, "A Tribute to Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D.: Inspiring the Best in Others," held on May 17, 2010. Click here for links to additional publications and resources (past interviews; video tribute; archived photos; etc.) highlighting Dr. Kirschstein's life and work.

 


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