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Former NIAID Scientist Tobie Mourned

Dr. John Edwin Tobie, former NIAID assistant scientific director for laboratory and clinical research, died on Sept. 6. He was 88.

He had a Ph.D. in parasitology from Tulane University. In the beginning of his NIH career, he worked in the Division of Zoology and the Laboratory of Tropical Diseases. Later, he was acting chief of the Laboratory of Immunology and head of the applied immunology section, chief of the Laboratory of Germfree Animal Research and the Laboratory of Microbial Immunity, and finally, assistant scientific director for laboratory and clinical research.

Tobie's scientific interests focused on microbiology and parasitology. He is best known for having developed the fluorescent antibody technique for detecting malarial antibodies. He was an emeritus member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Eleanor Johnson, formerly a research parasitologist in NIAID's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. Contributions may be made to Heron Point Retirement Community, 501 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.

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