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K. Frank Austen, M.D. (AAI ’62), AAI President (1977–1978), AstraZeneca Professor of Respiratory and Inflammatory Diseases, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (d. 6/23/2023)

Albert S. Bendelac, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’95), A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor of Pathology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (d. August 23, 2023). 

Thomas Joseph Braciale, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’69), professor of pathology, University of Virginia School of Medicine (d. 5/19/2023)

Michael W. Fanger, Ph.D. (AAI ’74), professor emeritus and former Department of Microbiology and Immunology chair, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH (d. 8/1/2023)

Jan Klein, Ph.D. (AAI ’74), Frances R. and Helen S. Pentz Visiting Professor of Science and adjunct professor of biology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (d. 5/7/2023)

Michael B. A. Oldstone, M.D. (AAI ’70), Professor Emeritus, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (d. 7/13/2023)

L. Scott Rodkey, Ph.D. (AAI ’72), Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Houston, TX (d. May 31, 2023).


John Bienenstock, FRCP, FRCPC, FRSC (AAI ’69), professor, McMaster Brain-Body Institute, St. Joseph's Healthcare (d. 7/25/2022)

Matthew F. Mescher, Ph.D., AAI '79, Professor Emeritus and former Virginia and David C. Utz Land Grant Chair in Fundamental Immunobiology, University of Minnesota (d. 12/21/2021)

Joost J. Oppenheim, M.D. DFAAI (AAI ’68), senior investigator and head of the Cellular Immunology Section in the Cancer Innovation Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH (d. 5/14/2022)

James W. Thomas II, M.D. (AAI ’83), professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (d. 11/16/2022)

Emil R. Unanue, M.D., DFAAI (AAI ’66), the Paul & Ellen Lacy Professor, Department of Pathology and Immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (d. 12/16/2022)

Ji Ming Wang, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’03), senior investigator and head of the Chemoattractant Receptor and Signal Section in the Cancer Innovation Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH (d. 12/24/2022)


Agnès Marie Azimzadeh, Ph.D., AAI ’10, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Immunologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (d. 3/15/2021). View May 29 memorial service information here.

Christine A. Biron, Ph.D., DFAAI (AAI '84), Esther Elizabeth Brintzenhoff Professor of Medical Science, Brown University (d. 10/16/2021)

Frank W. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D., DFAAI (AAI ’61), AAI President (1992–1993), Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (d. 4/2/2021)

Nilabh Shastri, Ph.D., DFAAI, AAI ’95, Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (d. 1/22/2021)

Thomas A. Waldmann, M.D., AAI '71, Distinguished Investigator and Chief Emeritus, Lymphoid Malignancies Branch, National Cancer Institute, NIH (d. 9/25/2021)


Maria de Sousa, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’77, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto, Portugal (d.4/14/2020)

Mark D. Grebenau, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., AAI Emeritus ’83, Consultant (formerly with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Corp.), West Orange, NJ (d. 3/13/2020)

Wendy L. Havran, Ph.D., DFAAI, AAI ’85, Professor, Scripps Research, La Jolla, CA (d.1/20/2020)

Noel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’56, Lecturer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Brookline, MA (d. 7/30/2020)


John Mendelsohn, M.D., AAI ’73, Associate Editor for The JI (1980–1984), President Emeritus, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr. (d. 1/7/2019)

Sarkis H. Ohanian, Ph.D., AAI ’71, Microbiologist (retired), U.S. Food & Drug Administration (d. 9/23/2019)


Melvin Cohn, Ph.D., AAI ’51, Professor Emeritus, Salk Inst. for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA (d. 10/23/2018)

David A. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’87, Scientia Professor, Kirby Inst., Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (d. 3/18/2018)

Arthur M. Dannenberg, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’60, Professor (retired), Johns Hopkins Univ. (d. 6/15/2018)

D. Mark Estes, Ph.D., AAI ’94, Professor (retired), Univ. of Georgia (d. 7/10/2018)

Kimishige Ishizaka, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’58, past AAI president (1984–1985), President and Scientific Director (retired), La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunology (d. 7/6/2018)

Thomas Ray Jerrells, Ph.D., AAI ’80, Professor (retired), Univ. of Nebraska Med. Ctr. in Omaha (d. 5/22/2018)

Morris J. Karnovsky, MB BCh., D.Sc., AAI ’73, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Med. Sch. (d. 1/21/2018)

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’75, Associate Editor for The JI (1981–1985), NIAMS - NIH, Bethesda, MD (d. 12/20/2018)

Bonnie J. Mathieson, Ph.D., AAI ’78, Retired, NIH, Bethesda, MD (d. 1/8/2018)

Andrei E. Medvedev, Ph.D., AAI ’00, Associate Professor of Immunology, Univ. of Connecticut (d. 7/26/2018)

Henry Metzger, M.D., AAI ’65, past AAI president (1991–1992) and secretary-treasurer (1970–1986), Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH (d. 11/20/2018)

Michael P. Murtaugh, Ph.D., AAI ’91, Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Medical Science, Univ. of Minnesota (d. 9/18/2018)

Ian Michael Orme, Ph.D., AAI ’88, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (d. 6/19/2018)

Sang A. Park, Ph.D., AAI ’18, Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH/NIDCR, Bethesda, MD (d. 1/22/2018)

William T. Shearer, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’74, Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, Baylor Col. of Med., Texas Children's Hosp., Houston, TX (d. 10/9/2018)

Harald von Boehmer, M.D., Ph.D., AAI Hon. ’92, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Med. Sch. and Dana-Farber Cancer Inst. (d. 6/24/2018)


Michael A. Beaven, Ph.D., AAI ’88, Scientist Emeritus, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD (d. 04/08/2017)

James R. Dasch, Ph.D., AAI ’84, Director, Abazyme, Needham, MA (d. 3/28/2017)

Derek N. Hart, M.D., AAI ’10, Professor, Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (d. 12/12/2017)

Arthur G. Johnson, Ph.D., AAI ’57, Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Univ. of Minnesota Med. Sch. (d. 01/08/2017)

James J. Lee, Ph.D., AAI ’02, Professor, Mayo Clin., Scottsdale, AZ (d. 3/25/2017)

Charles D. Mills, Ph.D., AAI ’16, Founder, BioMed. Consultants, Marine on St. Croix, MN (d. 05/28/2017)

David D. Porter, M.D., AAI ’69, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of California, Santa Monica (d. 02/13/2017)

Douglas D. Redelman, Ph.D., AAI ’77, Research Professor, Univ. of Nevada Sch. of Med., Reno, NV (d. 02/07/2017)

Maria Estela B. Roux, Ph.D., AAI ’82, Career Investigator, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 06/18/2017)

Charles D. Surh, Ph.D., AAI ’95, Professor, Inst. for Basic Science (IBS), Pohang, South Korea (d. 10/6/2017)

Jon J. Van Rood, M.D., Ph.D., AAI Hon. ’79, Leiden, The Netherlands (d. 7/21/2017)

Luigi Varesio, Ph.D., AAI ’10, Chief, Giannina Gaslini Inst., Liguria, Italy (d. 12/2/2017)

Mark A. Wainberg, Ph.D., AAI ’76, Retired, Jewish Gen. Hosp. McGill Univ., Quebec, Canada (d. 4/11/2017)

Thomas M. Yankee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., AAI ’03, Associate Professor, Univ. of Kansas Med. Ctr., Kansas City, KS (d. 6/23/2017)

Julius S. Youngner, AAI ’50, Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., Pittsburgh, PA (d. 4/27/2017)


Henry N. Claman, M.D., AAI ’65, Professor, Univ. of Colorado Hlth. Sci. Ctr., Aurora, CO (d. 09/03/2016)

Richard R. Hardy, Ph.D., AAI ’96, Professor, Inst. for Cancer Res., Philadelphia, PA (d. 05/29/2016)

George Klein, M.D., AAI Hon. ’73, Research Group Leader, Karolinska Inst., Stockholm, Sweden (d.12/10/2016)

Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H., AAI ’82, Chief of Laboratory of Immunology, NIH-NEI, Bethesda, MD (d. 4/17/2016)

Daniel R. Salomon, M.D., AAI ’11, Professor, Scripps Res. Inst., La Jolla, CA (d. 11/10/2016)

Joy Williams, Ph.D., AAI ’14, Staff Scientist, NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD (d. 11/18/2016)

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