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  3. This came as a shock to me. Geoff and I shared an interest in the calcium sensing receptor. He contributed an article to a 2016 special issue of Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology that helped highlight the role of the calcium sensing receptor in inflammation and when I sent him a copy of the finished issue he seemed well pleased. the last time I saw Geoff was at an ECTS meeting in Rome in 2016. He seemed to be in good health and was his usual dynamic self. I will miss him. Gordon Klein
  4. I will miss Sol. He was always interested in what others were doing, always happy to engage in discussion and always looking at a subject from a different angle in order to get you to realize that you hadn't fully considered the subject. Our discussions at ASBMR meetings were always lively and something to look forward to during each meeting. I was glad to see that we were inaugural fellows together. Gordon Klein
  5. It is with great sadness that the family of Solomon Epstein, M.D. informs you of his passing on February 2, 2020. Dr. Epstein was a Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his academic career, he had a distinguished career as an endocrinologist and at one time named one of Philadelphia’s top 10 endocrinologists. Dr. Epstein’s profound research included the discovery of calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressants causing profound bone loss after an organ transplantation. Dr. Epstein was an active member of ASBMR, where he was inducted in the 2018 class of ASBMR fellows. He had a distinguished publications career serving as co-editor of the Oxford American Handbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes and was the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications. The family asks contributions in Dr. Epstein’s memory be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
  6. It is with great sadness that the family of Timothy Murray, M.D., FRCPC informs you of his passing on August 27, 2019. Dr. Murray was Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and had a distinguished career as an endocrinologist and medical researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital. His research on parathyroid hormone and osteoporosis was widely recognized. He was director of the Toronto Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study, an epidemiological study on bone health in Canada. Dr. Murray was a founding member of the Osteoporosis Society of Canada, as well as an active member of ASBMR and ISCD. For his significant contributions to osteoporosis research and education in Canada, Dr. Murray was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006. A service to honor Dr. Murray’s life will be held at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth, ON, on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00PM, followed by a reception in the Blair & Son Family Centre. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider a donation to Osteoporosis Canada or TV Ontario. Messages of condolence may be left below or at
  7. I am saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Kleerekoper. If it was not for him, I would not have been alive today. In 2005, I was admitted to DMC for severe illness. I had no insurance and there was nearly no hope that anybody would be willing/able to do anything. Dr. Kleerekoper received my case. He made sure I get the treatment I needed and followed up with me until I had my surgery and recovered. At one point during one of the office visits, I felt so helpless and I burst in tears and cried (I was a 27-year-old grown man). Dr. Kleerekoper said to me at that time: Do not worry, I will fix you and when you become rich, you can pay me back. Condolences to the family for the loss of such a wonderful man
  8. So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was so accomplished and yet so humble. I shall miss him.
  9. I have been a member of ASBMR since 1980 and John was one of the first people to welcome me into the society and to support my early efforts. He would listen to my presentations and ideas with great patience and tolerance and was always encouraging. He maintained a close friendship with Cary Cooper, with whom I worked for many years in Galveston. While I haven't seen him in several years I remember him fondly and am grateful for his role in making me feel at home in the ASBMR.
  10. We are saddened to announce the passing of ASBMR member John J.B. Anderson, Ph.D. John was an accomplished researcher in the field of calcium and bone metabolism who contributed greatly to our understanding of the non-pharmacologic management of osteoporosis. John is perhaps best known for his work on the effects of calcium intake and physical activity on peak bone mass in young women. John authored nearly one hundred peer reviewed manuscripts and over forty book chapters, continuing his research mentorship after formal retirement through his adjunct professorship with the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. John was also a member of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, the American College of Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the International Bone and Mineral Society. John also served on the editorial boards of Journal of American College of Nutrition, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Nutrition Research, Nutrition Today, Osteoporosis International and Nutrition and Food Science. John was also a past president of the American College of Nutrition. John also received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Heart Association and the Distinguished Career Award from the American College of Nutrition. We express our sincerest condolences to John’s wife Betsey and this family at this difficult time. Join us in recognizing Dr. Anderson’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory on the ASBMR Website or contributing a donation in his honor.
  11. Vale Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor. I have met her numerous times at UCSD and in ASBMR annual meetings over the past 20 years or so, and my lasting impression was that she was a person of character and talent. She was an innovative thinker in the epidemiology of chronic diseases. My work on osteoporosis in men (Am J Epidemiol, 1996) was actually inspired by her lecture in 1994 re sex differences in heart disease and its risk factors. She had collaborated with me and my team in an important study that falsified a long-held assumption that Asian women had higher body fat mass than Caucasian women (Obesity, 2010). Falsificationism was her favorite intellectual subject. Indeed, I later discovered that she was also interested in the philosophy of science and a strong devotee of the Scientific Method. Every time we met at the ASBMR meeting, we had interesting exchanges on Popper's falsificationism and the likes. It was ~15 years ago, Elizabeth wrote a beautiful letter of recommendation for me when I applied for promtion to full professorship. My gratitude to Elizabeth's kindness and innovative thinking. She will be sadly missed by me. She will also be silently remembered by many people who owe their lives to her insight and effort as an epidemiologist have influenced the treatment of osteoporosis worldwide.
  12. I have got acquainted with Tony Norman during his visits to Amsterdam for the PhD thesis of Mat Jongen and for lectures on vitamin D. He was an excellent teacher and always very kind to students. I also met him several times during the planning of the Vitamin D Workshop in Delft in 2015. He was keen on the organization and the contents of the workshop to safeguard its quality. It probably was the last workshop where he fully participated together with his wife, Helen. I have warm memories of Tony with his always serious but friendly attitude. We lose in him an excellent scientist and a great man. Paul Lips Amsterdam University Medical Center
  13. It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, University of California, San Diego. Self-described as a "pathological optimist", Dr. Barrett-Connor is internationally acclaimed with a outstanding record of research accomplishments. Her role as leader of the Lipids Research Clinics Prevalence Study enabled her to establish the Rancho Bernardo Study, groundbreaking at the time for its inclusion of men and women, with the flexibility to develop over time. The Rancho Bernardo Study is still going strong over four decades later, and has led to insights into the biology of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone health and menopause. Her tremendous impact is not in research alone, but is also reflected through her teaching, encouragement, and mentorship of generations of physicians and scientists. Join us in recognizing Dr. Barrett-Connnor’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory on the ASBMR Website or contributing a donation in her honor.
  14. As a postdoctoral fellow with the late Jack Coburn at UCLA, I had the great pleasure to work in Tony's lab at Riverside for the better part of two years. My goal was to learn the assay for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. But I learned a lot more. I met Tony's wife, the late Helen Henry, and his post docs, including Sylvia Christakos, John Putkey, Marian Walters, among others, and especially his chief tech,June Bishop. I learned about group cohesiveness in a laboratory and what could be accomplished when people helped each other. I learned about the One Mile Club, open to all lab members who stripped one mile of rat intestine. I never qualified but was made an honorary member Supervising all this was Tony. He was always welcoming, always happy to discuss any crazy ideas that I had gotten. Helen shared his tolerance and his willingness to listen. Tony stimulated my life-long interest in vitamin D metabolism and function and I remain grateful to him and to Helen for helping my career get off the ground.
  15. It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jay M. McDonald, M.D., Professor Emeritus at University of Alabama at Birmingham, on June 5, 2019. Dr. McDonald’s academic career spanned three decades and included Directorship of the Division of Laboratory Medicine in the Departments of Pathology and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 10 years as well as Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for nearly 20 years. Dr. McDonald also directed an NIH-funded Center for Metabolic Bone Disease—one of five in the country—from 1996-2010. Dr. McDonald left a legacy of integrity and vision. The effects of Dr. McDonald’s role supporting excellence in research and teaching continue to be felt. His passing is a true loss for the field of pathology. Join us in recognizing Dr. McDonald’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory on the ASBMR Website or contributing a donation in his honor.
  16. It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Anthony W. Norman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, on June 14, 2019 at the age of 81. Anthony W. Norman was a former ASBMR Councilor, recipient of the William F. Neuman Esteemed Award and a pioneer in the study of Vitamin D. Some highlights of his career include discovering that vitamin D is converted into a steroid hormone by the body and determining that vitamin D receptors (VDR) were present in the intestine. In 1972, Dr. Norman treated the first uremic patients with the steroid hormone, produced in the Norman laboratory. He was an organizer of the Vitamin D workshops that started in 1973, including one that took place in May 2019 in New York City, USA. Dr. Norman also co-organized a special evening session on vitamin D at the ASBMR Annual Meetings. His passing is a true loss for the field of bone and vitamin D. Join us in recognizing Dr. Norman’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory on the ASBMR Website or contributing a donation in his honor.
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