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NCI's Abrell Dies in Car Crash

Dr. John Abrell, former section chief in the Grants Administration Branch, Division of Extramural Activities, NCI, died Dec. 2 at a shock trauma center in Baltimore following a car wreck on Dec. 1. He had served NIH in several intramural and extramural scientific capacities.

Jack, as his friends called him, was "the HSA (health scientist administrator) of HSAs, the most knowledgeable, ethical, dedicated scientific review administrator that NCI ever had," said NCI's Dr. Manuel Jose Torres-Anjel. "He was tall, handsome, elegantly attired, and very difficult to ignore when he entered a room."

Abrell had been chief of the clinical review section, in charge of the cancer clinical review committee, which reviews the science of NCI's cooperative clinical trial groups.

Before coming to NIH, Abrell received a B.S. degree from Duke University, an M.S. from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

He died near his home in Adamstown, Md., where he enjoyed breeding and exhibiting Siberian huskies and Bernese mountain dogs, an avocation that produced many champions.

Abrell is survived by his wife Elinor, one daughter, Laura Bartels, three grandchildren, and many other relatives. His friends and colleagues at NIH join the family in mourning a great loss.

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