With September marking his official retirement after nearly 50 years at NIH, Dr. William Knowler leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. Since 1979, he has served as chief of NIDDK’s diabetes epidemiology and clinical research section in the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch.
Language propelled Dr. Weijia Ni from his childhood in Shanghai, China, through a decade-long ordeal on a state farm during the Cultural Revolution, to education and a career in the United States. After 20 years at NIH, he retired Aug. 31 as chief of the Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group in the Center for Scientific Review.
Dr. Bernard Talbot retired in July 2021, marking the closure of a 51-year NIH career.
Now, after 33 years of federal service—all with NIH—Margo Warren’s fortune has led her in a new “right” direction, straight to retirement. She officially retired on July 31.
Dr. Craig A. Jordan, director of the NIDCD Division of Extramural Activities, retired in August after 37 years at NIH.
Dr. Leonard Henry “Pug” Evans, 77, chief of the retroviral molecular biology section at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont., unexpectedly passed away on June 24.
In June 2021, Dr. Blanche P. Alter, senior clinician in the NCI Clinical Genetics Branch, retired after 21 years of service.
NEI retiree Churchman Louis Napper Sr., died May 24. He began his career at NIH in 1963 as a heart and lung technician.
Dr. Daniela Gerhard, director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Genomics, passed away suddenly on June 25. She spent more than 17 years committed to developing and executing large-scale genomics research programs for NCI.
Dr. Myung Hee Park, a senior investigator in NIDCR’s molecular and cellular biochemistry section, was clearing out her lab ahead of her retirement when she found a notebook from the 1980s.