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Member Obituaries

ASPET wishes to acknowledge deceased Society members with expanded obituaries on our website. Obituaries for publication on the Society's webpage should be submitted via e-mail to the ASPET membership department at membership@aspet.org. Please include the individual's full name, date of birth and death, education and professional affiliations, and any other details in remembrance of the individual you wish to acknowledge, along with a photo, if available.



  • July 18, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Louis S. Harris, former department chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a leader in opioid and cannabinoid pharmacology research.
  • July 08, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Joel Griffeth Hardman, PhD, internationally recognized scientist, educator, and former ASPET president.
  • May 03, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Raymond W. Ruddon, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • April 17, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Nobel laureate Paul Greengard, PhD, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University and longtime ASPET member.
  • April 11, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of William A. Schumacher, PhD, a long time ASPET member.
  • March 20, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Dr. Paul Talalay, a noted molecular pharmacologist who headed a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine research team that isolated a chemical found in broccoli that helped boost its cancer-fighting abilities.
  • February 27, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Gavril Pasternak, PhD, incumbent of the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • February 07, 2019
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of William Buss, PhD, emeritus professor of Pharmacology and Neurosciences at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences.
  • October 30, 2018
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Ernest Hodgson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Toxicology at North Carolina State University.
  • August 16, 2018
    ASPET notes with sympathy the passing of Dr. Elliot S. Vesell, founding chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and assistant dean of graduate studies at the Penn State College of Medicine.
Last Updated: July 9, 2019

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