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DRG's Mischa Friedman Dies

Dr. Mischa (Mitty) Friedman died on Mar. 8 after a short illness. A native of Worcester, Mass., he received his B.S. degree in bacteriology from the University of Massachusetts and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He spent his last 18 years of federal service with the Division of Research Grants (now the Center for Scientific Review), and at the time of his retirement in 1988, was associate director for referral and review and chief of the Referral and Review Branch. In those positions, Friedman managed the receipt and assignment (referral) for review and potential award of all grant applications to NIH, as well as the initial scientific merit review of the vast majority of these applications.

Dr. Mischa (Mitty) Friedman

He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the NIH Director's Award, which he received twice: in 1979, for excellent leadership and managerial capabilities; and in 1987, for exemplary service to, and gifted leadership of, the grant application review procedures at NIH.

In addition to his scientific and administrative expertise, Friedman was a skilled photographer. Indeed, he and his wife Greta were both widely recognized and respected for their creative work in this area. Friedman received many awards for his photographs, the last of which was given recently, in 1998, by the museum in Hagerstown, Md.

Dr. Samuel Schwartz, Friedman's predecessor as associate director for referral and review, in "A Eulogy to a Special Friend," praised Friedman as "a man who achieved success, lived an honest, good life, laughed often, and loved much. He was highly respected by all his colleagues throughout the NIH for his fairness, abilities, dedication and zeal in promoting the work he so believed in." And Dr. Jerome Green, director of the Division of Research Grants during Friedman's last years there, noted that he "was a gifted, enthusiastic scientist devoted to maintaining the standard of fairness and excellence in peer review. His eagerness and sincerity, delivered with a pronounced Boston accent, were contagious."

Besides his wife, Friedman is survived by his son, Joshua, his daughter, Mara, his daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, Michael and Caroline. The family has requested that any contributions be sent to one of Friedman's favorite charities, the Frederick Soup Kitchen, at: Frederick Community Action Agency, c/o Frederick Soup Kitchen, 100 South Market St., Frederick, MD 21701.

NCI Branch Chief Kenneth Paull Is Mourned

Dr. Kenneth D. Paull, chief of the Information Technology Branch in NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, died at his home in Ijamsville, Md., on Jan. 29. He had Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Kenneth D. Paull

A native of Winslow, Ariz., Paull received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 1969 from Arizona State University. After 5 years of postdoctoral studies in cancer research at NIH and Midwest Research Institute, he joined a small contract-oriented company in Buffalo, N.Y. During that time, he was instrumental in the development of the anticancer drug, Mito-xantrone. In 1979, he accepted a position in the Drug Synthesis and Chemistry Branch, NCI. Paull's initial interests were analyzing the test results from NCI's anticancer screens in order to improve the criteria for activity and to determine what type of compounds might prove to be useful anticancer drugs. He developed a simplified method for displaying the test results, and using the data to correlate chemical structure with patterns of compound action.

His interest and expertise in computers resulted in his appointment as chief of the Developmental Therapeutics Program's Information Technology Branch in 1990. He subsequently developed a computer algorithm called COMPARE. This technique for analyzing the potential of new anticancer agents has been proven in numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles. Paull's professional accomplishments in the field of cancer drug discovery are known worldwide through his nearly 100 scientific publications.

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