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
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
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
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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