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Retired NIAID Virologist DeFilippes
Dr. Frank M. DeFilippes, 72, died on Oct. 7, 2004. He retired in 2000 after 42 years at NIH, most recently in the NIAID Laboratory of Viral Diseases.
DeFilippes was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he excelled in baseball and long-distance running and developed an early love and fascination for physics. He graduated from Brown University in 1953 with a major in physics and from Yale University in 1957 with a Ph.D. in biophysics. In 1957, he moved to Amherst to teach undergraduate physics at the University of Massachusetts. In 1958, he began a research career at NIH where he was known to be hard-working and often could be found completing gel runs late in the evenings and on weekends. For several years he was an instructor in biophysics at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, where he used the traditional "blackboard and chalk" style of teaching. Perhaps his most well-known pupil was Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who co-founded the Health Research Group with Ralph Nader in 1971 to fight for the public's health and to give consumers more control over decisions that affect their health.
In addition to science, DeFilippes loved history and politics and was an expert in the history of World Wars I and II and the Bible. He always started his day with a cup of coffee and a copy of the New York Times. He and his wife enjoyed visiting the majority of the national parks and short trips to West Virginia. After retirement he kept up with the emerging field of systems biology, engaged in a number of home projects and enjoyed his new grandson. At the time of his death, he was looking forward to Dr. Leroy Hood's promised text on systems biology, was developing a real taste for Latin American food and was becoming proficient in Spanish to better assist the immigrant community.
He is survived by his wife Mary, a pharmacologist at NCI, two children, Portia and Paul, and grandson Daniel.NIDA's Rick Harrison Mourned
By Eric Zatman
Richard Harrison, chief of the Contracts Review Branch, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, passed away on Jan. 19.
He joined NIDA in the early 1980s, transferring from the National
Harrison received several NIDA Director's Awards of Merit for his accomplishments, including exemplary service as Contracts Review Branch chief and work on NIDA's health disparities committee. He was a member of the equal employment opportunity advisory committee and also served on the first NIH Diversity Council.
Harrison was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, on the Osage Indian Reservation. As a member of the Osage Tribal Nation, he made an annual pilgrimage to Fairfax, Oklahoma, to participate in a 4-day tribal ceremony. While at NIH, he was active in recruiting Indian youth to consider careers in government by serving as interns. He was a key participant in the recent opening ceremonies of the National Museum of the American Indian, and loved to demonstrate his Indian dances and share his culture with children in area schools.
In addition, Harrison volunteered his skills to Family Services of Montgomery County and the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program. He was a member of the American Indian Society of Washington, Americans for Indian Opportunity, American University/Washington Internships for Native Students, the Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Toastmasters International and the Bahai community of Montgomery County Northwest.He is survived by his wife Joan; his son John; his brothers David, Henry and John; his stepchildren Deborah Ward, Sandra Meinberg, Linda Hazlewood, Patricia Haga, Michael and David Doyle; and 16 grandchildren.
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