​​In Memoriam

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we repor​t 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.

Deceased Members in 2017

Lewis Aronow
(3/28/1927 - 10/20/2017)
Member since 1963

Lewis Aronow, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Oct. 20, 2017, at the age of 90. Aronow was a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Angela Hartley Brodie
Susan K. Axler
(6/14/1947 - 8/17/2017)
Member since 2013

Susan K. Axler, AACR affiliate member and Scientist ↔ Survivor participant, died Aug. 17, 2017, from complications due to metastatic breast cancer. Read more.​

Angela Hartley BrodieRoswell K. Boutwell
(11/24/1917 - 8/25/2017)
Member since 1946

Roswell K. Boutwell, PhD, emeritus member of the AACR, died Aug. 25, 2017, at the age of 99. Boutwell was a professor emeritus of oncology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) and an emeritus program member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Read more.​

Angela Hartley Brodie
Angela Hartley Brodie
(9/28/1934 - 6/7/2017)
Member since 1984

Angela Hartley Brodie, PhD, FAACR, professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and Fellow of the AACR Academy, died June 7, 2017, at the age of 82. Read more.​

Donald Coffey
George T. Bryan MD, PhD
(7/29/1932 - 7/10/2017)
Member since 1967

George T. Bryan, MD, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jul. 10, 2017, at the age of 84. Bryan was a professor of Clinical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. 

Donald CoffeyDonald S. Coffey
(10/10/32 - 11/9/17)
Member since 1976​

Donald S. Coffey, PhD, FAACR, Past President of the AACR (1997-1998) and Fellow of the AACR Academy, died Nov. 9, 2017, at the age of 85. Coffey was the Catherine Iola and J. Smith Michael Distinguished Professor of Urology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Read more​.

Robert L. Comis, MDRobert L. Comis
(7/16/45 - 5/10/17)
Member since 1983​

Robert L. Comis, MD, cochair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group and professor of medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia, died May 10, 2017, at the age of 71.  Read more​.

Carson Clifford ConawayCarson Clifford Conaway
(2/19/39 - 6/13/17)
Member since 2007

Carson Clifford Conaway, PhD, emeritus member of the AACR, died June 13, 2017. Born Feb. 19, 1939, Conaway was 78 at the time of his death. Read more​.

John W. Cramer
(10/15/1928 - 9/26/2017)
Member since 1960

John W. Cramer, PhD, emeritus member of the AACR, died Sept. 26, 2017, at the age of 88. His research focused on chemical cancer causation, chemotherapy, and cell division. Read more.​

Patrick W. GavinPatrick W. Gavin
(12/03/1949 - 12/18/2017)
Member since 2016

Patrick W. Gavin, a pharmacy executive and patient advocate who participated in the AACR’s Scientist↔Survivor Program (SSP), died Dec. 18, 2017, at the age of 68.

Patrick W. Gavin
Beppino C. Giovanella
(6/12/1932 - 12/14/2017)
Member since 1964

Beppino C. Giovanella, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Dec. 14, 2017, at the age of 85. Giovanella was the Laboratory Director of CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research. 

Jimmie C. Holland
Jimmie C. Holland
(1928 - 2017)
Member since 1998

Jimmie C. Holland, MD, FAACR​, a pioneer in t​he field of psycho-oncology, died Dec. 24, 2017, at the age of 89. Read more.

Angela Hartley Brodie
Janet A. Houghton
(5/21/1952 - 10/5/2017)
Member since 1979

Janet A. Houghton, PhD, AACR member since 1979, died Oct. 5, 2017, at the age of 65. She was distinguished fellow and the Emil Hess endowed chair of cancer biology in the Drug Discovery Division at the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Read more.​

S. Benham Kahn
S. Benham Kahn
(5/18/33 - 5/25/17)
Member since 1969​

S. Benham Kahn, MD, emeritus member of the AACR, died May 25, 2017, at the age of 84. He was born May 18, 1933. Kahn had been a member of the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.  Read more.

S. Benham KahnPatricia J. Keely
(3/30/1963 - 6/24/17)
Member since 2000

Patricia J. Keely, PhD, AACR member since 2000, died June 24, 2017, at the age of 54. Keely was the recipent of the 2000 AACR-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Career Development Award. She was a member WICR, TME, and the Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Tumor Microenvironment Research Scientific Review Committee. 

D. James MorreAlfred S. Ketcham
(10/7/1924 - 7/17/2017)
Member since 1963

Alfred S. Ketcham, MD, emeritus member of the AACR, died July 17, 2017, at the age of 92. Ketcham is the former chief of surgical oncology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, a position he held from 1974 until his retirement in 1995. Read more.

W. Thomas London
Untae Kim
(12/16/1926 - 1/14/2017)
Member since 1961

Untae Kim, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jan. 14, 2017, at the age of 90. Kim was a retired Roswell Park Cancer Institute research pathologist. 

W. Thomas London
W. Thomas London
(3/11/1932 – 6/3/2017)
Member since 1969

W. Thomas London, MD, a longtime AACR member whose work helped establish the link between chronic hepatitis B infection and liver cancer and led to the development of the hepatitis B vaccine, died June 3, 2017, at the age of 85. Read more.​

Michael J. McKennaMichael J. McKenna
(10/9/46 - 6/11/17)
Member since ​2009

Michael J. McKenna, PhD, affiliate member of the AACR, died June 11, 2017, at the age of 70. McKenna was a toxicologist who worked in the laboratories of Dow Chemical Company and Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company and as a consultant providing strategic services and operational assistance to companies and investment firms in the life sciences field. ​Read more.

D. James MorreEdwin A. Mirand
(7/18/1926 - 3/1/2017)
Member since 1954

Edwin A. Mirand, PhD, DSc, an AACR member since 1954, died March 1, 2017, at the age of 90. Read more.

Hans Konrad Muller 
(7/16/1937 - 7/27/2017)
Member since 1998

Hans Konrad Muller, MBBS, AACR Emeritus member, died Jul. 27, 2017, at the age of 80. Muller was a was a pathologist, academic and medical educator. 

D. James Morre

Satyabrata Nandi
(12/1/1931 - 7/29/2017)
Member since 1959

Satyabrata Nandi, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jul. 29, 2017, at the age of 86. Bryan was a was a professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. 

D. James Morre

Albert H. Owens, Jr.
(8/27/1926 - 1/13/2017)
Member since 1970

Albert H. Owens Jr., MD, inaugural director of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, died Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 90. Read more.

Angela Hartley Brodie
Catherine M. Phelan
(4/5/1968 - 9/22/2017)
Member since 2001

Catherine M. Phelan, MD, PhD, active member of the AACR, died Sept. 22, 2017, at the age of 49. She was an associate member in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Population Sciences Division, and the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Read more.

Angela Hartley Brodie
Oliver W. Press
(9/10/1952 - 9/29/2017)
Member since 1990

Oliver W. Press, MD, PhD, AACR member since 1990, died Sept. 29, 2017, at the age of 65. Press was a physician-scientist who specialized in blood cancers, especially lymphoma, and served as acting director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle from 2013-2016.  Read more.​

Angela Hartley Brodie
Edward J. Sarcione
(12/3/1925 - 1/1/2017)
Member since 1960

Edward J. Sarcione, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Jan. 1, 2017, at the age of 90. Sarcione was professor Emeritus of the Cell Physiology Program in the Roswell Park Division of the University of Buffalo. 

D. James Morre

Oliver Smithies
(6/23/1925 - 1/10/2017)
Member since 2013

Oliver Smithies, DPhil, fellow of the AACR Academy and the Weatherspoon eminent distinguished professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, died Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 91. Read more.​

Jan Svoboda
Member since 1970

Jan Svoboda, DSc, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Mar. 17, 2017, at age 82. Svoboda was a renowned virologist and geneticist. 

Heiko van der KuipHeiko van der Kuip 
Member since 2005

Heiko van der Kuip, PhD, an AACR member who studied how tumor cells respond to chemotherapy, died Nov. 25, 2017, at age 51. Read more.​

Earl F. Walborg Jr.W. Ralph Vogler
(7/2/1929 - 12/2/2017)
Member since 1963

W. Ralph Vogler, MD, AACR Emeritus member, died Dec. 2, 2017, at the age of 88. Vogler was a professor Emeritus at Emory University. 

Earl F. Walborg Jr.Earl F. Walborg Jr.
Member since 1972

Earl F. Walborg Jr., PhD, a biochemist who was a member of the AACR for 45 years, died May 24, 2017, at the age of 81. Read more​.

Jack F. WhelanGlynn P. Wheeler
(10/13/1919 – 12/24/2017)
Member since 1958

Glynn P. Wheeler, emeritus member of the AACR, died Dec. 24, 2017, at age 98.

Jack F. WhelanJack F. Whelan
(6/15/1948 – 11/16/2017)
Member since 2013

Jack F. Whelan, a powerful advocate for cancer research and a winner of the AACR’s Distinguished Public Service Award, died Nov. 16, 2017, at age 69.

Jack F. Whelan
David S. Yohn
(6/7/1929 - 12/6/2017)
Member since 1964

David S. Yohn, PhD, AACR Emeritus member, died Dec. 6, 2017, at the age of 88. 

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