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Vol. LVII, No. 13
July 1, 2005

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Retiree Rust Mourned

John Dorman Rust, Jr., 78, who worked for four institutes and retired from HHS in 1984, died May 26 from complications of diabetes. He was a long-time resident of Bethesda.

He was born in Baltimore and joined the Marine Corps briefly before being discharged with tuberculosis. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in biology in 1953. He then went to work at the National Institute of Dental Research from September 1953 to 1955, studying dental caries in mice.

In 1955, he left NIH to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Maryland. In June 1956, he returned to NIH, working as a biologist at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases; he studied traumatic shock and problems of infection following burn injury. In March 1959, after receiving his master of science degree in marine biology, he again left NIH to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In early 1960, Rust joined the National Cancer Institute, where he worked briefly as a biologist. He then spent 3 years as an administrative assistant at NIAMD. In 1963, he transferred back to NCI where he was promoted to administrative officer. He was an AO at the National Institute of Mental Health for a number of years, then held a variety of administrative posts in government. From July 1978 until retirement, he served as deputy director of the Genetic Diseases Program, Bureau of Community Health Services, Program Office for Maternal and Child Health. He retired in 1984 with 30 years of federal service.

Rust received numerous awards during his career, including the Administrator's Award for Excellence in 1983.

In his free time, Rust enjoyed the outdoors, photography, carpentry, ham radio, bird-watching and harmonica. He also indulged a love of dogs.

Rust is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean Wheeler Rust of Bethesda; two daughters, Barbara Rust and Mary Rust, both of Bethesda; a sister, Marion Vanik of Baltimore; three nieces and two nephews.

NHGRI's Green Honored by Alma Mater

Dr. Eric D. Green (r), scientific director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, was honored by Washington University School of Medicine with a distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at a ceremony held May 14 in St. Louis. Green's work has had a significant impact on advancing the mapping and sequencing of the human genome. He graduated from the school in 1987 with M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and this year celebrated his medical school class's 20th reunion. Dr. Larry Shapiro (l), dean of the school, presents the award.

NIAAA's Li Represents NIH at Taiwan Visit

NIAAA director Dr. Ting-Kai Li (front, c) recently visited Taiwan to represent NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and give a lecture at Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI). Above, Dr. Keh-Ming Lin (front, l), director of the NHRI division of mental health & substance abuse research, and NHRI staff stand with Li and another guest lecturer, Dr. Ming T. Tsuang, director of the Institute of Behavioral Genomics at the University of California, San Diego. Li lectured on "The Global Health Problems Attributable to Common Complex Disorders: Opportunities for International Collaboration." His speech was part of the grand opening of a new NHRI campus in Zhunan, Taiwan. The ceremony was part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of NHRI, a non-profit biotechnology research and development organization similar in format to NIH.

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