Saturday, October 20, 2012, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas passed away at the age of 92. He was a founding faculty member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a Nobel laureate; a man whose contributions to modern day cancer therapy cannot be overestimated. As the father of bone marrow transplantation he played a crucial role in enhancing survival rates from practically zero to up to 90 percent for leukemia and related blood cancers. Because of his work, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved worldwide.
It is with pride and honor that I take the stairs up to the third floor of the Thomas building at the FHCRC campus each day, to work in projects that utilize the very techniques Dr. Thomas once pioneered. If I'm lucky, my contribution to society will one day be a fraction of what he managed. All my respect.
Read more: In Remembrance of Dr. E. Donnall Thomas.