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NINDS Mourns Research Scientist Stoner

By Shannon E. Garnett

Dr. Gerald L. Stoner, 59, chief of the NINDS neurotoxicology section, died on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2002, from complications following a fall at his family farm.

A native of West Donegal Township in Lancaster County, Pa., Stoner was born in 1943. He earned his bachelor's degree in natural science from Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1965, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1974.

Dr. Gerald L. Stoner
Stoner's career spanned more than 20 years at NIH. His research on JC virus — a common human polyomavirus that causes a fatal demyelinating disease of the nervous system called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy — and its different isotypes has been important in understanding the disease.

Before coming to NIH, Stoner served as a research associate in the department of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. He left that position to become a senior research scientist, studying the immunology of leprosy, at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Stoner joined NIH in 1981 as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Experimental Neuropathology, NINDS. In 1988, he became chief of the neuro-toxicology section, the position he held at the time of his death.

Throughout his career, Stoner published more than 100 articles, chapters and reviews, and provided editorial services to many journals, including serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurovirology since 1994. He was coeditor of the book The Human Polyomaviruses: Molecular and Clinical Perspectives, published in 2001.

Stoner held memberships in several professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology and the Society for Neurovirology.

He is survived by his mother, two daughters, two sisters, two brothers and a grandson.

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