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In-Memoriam: Michael Kleerekoper, MBBS

15 May 2018 - 04:53 PM

It is with sadness we share the news of the passing of Dr. Michael Kleerekoper after a long illness.

Dr. Kleerekoper will be remembered as a prominent physician and scientist who was nationally recognized as an expert in the field of Bone and Mineral Metabolism. Dr. Kleerekoper obtained his undergraduate and medical training, as well as internship and residency, at the University of Sydney in Australia. He then came to the United States for fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis (now Barnes-Jewish). Upon completion of his fellowship, he joined the faculty at Henry Ford Hospital in 1976 and began his research focus in the area of Bone and Mineral Metabolism. While at Henry Ford, he served in various roles as Senior Staff Physician, Director of the Clinical Research Unit, Deputy Director of the Bone & Mineral Research Laboratory, Director of the Center for Osteoporosis Research and lastly, Division Head of the Bone & Mineral Division from 1985 until his departure in 1993, when he left to join as tenured faculty at Wayne State University. At Wayne State, he served as the Director of Research for the areas of Bone and Mineral Metabolism and Gerontology for the School of Medicine. He ultimately joined the faculty at The University of Toledo Medical School where he was Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Section Chief of the Endocrinology Division.

Mike Kleerekoper was an outstanding investigator, superior physician and an inspiring instructor. He was extensively funded by the NIH, widely published, and was on the editorial board of journals dedicated to osteoporosis. In 2006, Dr. Kleerekoper was recognized with the distinguished honor of Master of The American College of Endocrinology (MACE). His passing represents a loss to the specialty of Endocrinology.

Please join your colleagues in sharing your fond memories of Mike. ASBMR will share these messages with his family. Post your memory or condolences below, or consider making a donation in his memory.

In-Memoriam: Webster S.S. Jee, Ph.D.

19 April 2018 - 09:36 AM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Webster S.S. Jee, one of the giants in our field on April 3, 2018.

Dr. Jee was born in Oakland, California, where he grew up. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and then earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Web joined the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1951, where he began his bone research career as an Anatomist/Radiobiologist, eventually receiving his Ph.D. in 1959. Web was Director of the Radiobiology Bone Group/Laboratory and Professor of Anatomy at Utah for nearly fifty years. He not only conceived of, organized, and directed the Sun Valley Hard Tissue Workshop from 1970-2004, but also was instrumental in helping bone scientists in the People’s Republic of China organize their early bone research-related meetings.

As the 2003 recipient of the ASBMR Gideon A. Rodan Excellence in Mentorship Esteemed Award, Dr. Jee was a pioneer in the field of pre-clinical bone biology and pharmacology. Web not only did numerous experiments that revealed fundamental principles about bone behavior in the adult skeleton, but also trained over 200 scientists from across the world in his newly developed techniques. His research topics included the earliest morphologic demonstration of dynamic bone remodeling in the adult skeleton; early investigation of the hematogenous origin of osteoclasts; and development/pre-clinical testing of the idea of rescuing low bone mass with an anabolic agent then preserving the new bone with an anti-resorptive agent, a concept that is now used clinically. Many of Dr. Jee’s trainees went on to do pre-clinical and clinical research that contributed to the development of today’s bone therapeutic agents. Web wrote over 800 papers, scientific articles, book chapters, abstracts, reviews, and editorials. The impact of his body of work on our current understanding of bone biology and development of bone therapeutic agents is immense.

In addition to his contributions to the bone field, Dr. Jee will be remembered as an innovator, mentor, and man of great grace, humility, and good humor, who was forever devoted to creating opportunities for young scientists. Please join your colleagues in sharing your fond memories of Web. ASBMR will share these messages with his family. Post your memory or condolences below.

In-Memoriam: Mary Ruppe, M.D.

22 March 2018 - 10:39 AM

It is with great sadness that ASBMR announces the passing of member Dr. Mary Ruppe, M.D. an exceptional physician, researcher, scholar, athlete, and mother, on March 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ruppe became the endocrinology fellowship program director and director of the bone disease clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2012 as a specialist in treating children and adults with genetic bone diseases. Dr. Ruppe was truly a special person, loved, respected and admired by family, friends, colleagues and patients whose outpouring of sympathy leave little doubt that she had a positive impact on the lives of all she touched. Contributions in memory of Dr. Mary Ruppe may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rock Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or via internet at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org. Join us in remembering Dr. Ruppe’s contributions to the field field by leaving a note or sharing a memory below.

In-Memoriam: Norman Howard Bell, M.D.

13 December 2017 - 02:37 PM

It is with great sadness that ASBMR announces the passing of Norman Howard Bell, M.D., professor emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina and founding member of ASBMR, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the age of 86. He will be remembered for his keen intellect, traditional values, and remarkable research success. Supported through continuous grants from the NIH, he and his colleagues made great strides in the fundamental understanding of Vitamin D deficiencies and the prevention of osteoporosis. In addition to his research, Dr. Bell mentored young people who are carrying on the research that he initiated. Join us in recognizing Dr. Bell’s contributions to our field by leaving a note, sharing a memory below, or contributing a donation in his honor.

In-Memoriam: Monique Arlot, M.D.

15 November 2017 - 12:16 PM

Our community has lost a excellent clinician who was appreciated by her patients and was also a meticulous researcher. Dr. Monique Arlot, M.D. passed away on November 2, 2017.

Dr. Arlot was among the first collaborators of Professor Pierre Meunier in Lyon, France. There she participated in research on various bone diseases, including osteoporosis and Paget’s disease of bone. She was an expert in bone histomorphometry, particularly the assessment of dynamic remodeling indices using tetracycline labeling, and performed the bone biopsies in the Department of Rheumatology of the Edouard Herriot Hospital in Lyon. Monique has been a member of the ASBMR for many years.

We are thinking of her family and friends, and we send them our deepest sympathy. To share a kind thought or memory of Dr. Arlot, please leave your thoughts below.