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Paul C. Zamecnik M.D.

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ZAMECNIK, Paul C., M.D. Died on October 27 at his home on Beacon Hill in Boston. He died one month short of his 97th birthday. Dr. Zamecnik was Senior Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Huntington Professor of Oncologic Medicine Emeritus at Harvard Medical School. He was active in his laboratory at MGH Charlestown until he went into the MGH as a patient in mid September. Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 22, 1912. He went to Dartmouth College at age 16, completing his AB in 1933 after three years. He continued at Dartmouth's two-year Medical School and finished his medical degree at Harvard Medical School graduating in 1936. He married Mary Connor of Manchester, NH in 1936 and she worked with him in the lab for many years. Paul was appointed Collis P. Huntington Professor of Oncologic Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1956 and later became Director of the Huntington Laboratory for Oncologic Research of Harvard at MGH. Paul spent almost his whole happy scientific life at MGH and Harvard. He received the Warren Triennial Prize three times in 1946, 1947, 1999; the Presidential Medal of Science in 1991, and the Albert Lasker Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. He received Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from University of Utrecht in 1966, Columbia University (Passano Award) in 1970, Harvard University in 1982, Roger Williams College in 1983, Dartmouth College in 1984, The University of Massachusetts in 1994. He also received the City of Medicine Award, Durham, NC in 1995, the Century 2000 Science Award, City of Worcester, MA in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Human Virology in 2005. . Paul also enjoyed some things outside of science _ boating in the Ipswich marshes, tennis, swimming and in his later years, snorkeling and boating in the waters of St. John, USVI. He played the violin as a boy and he loved music, Mozart especially. He leaves three children: Karen of Cambridge, MA, married to John Pierson; John of Washington D.C. and Alta Gracia, Argentina, married to Elena Decima; and Elizabeth of Sedgwick, Maine and Ipswich, MA, married to Richard Coakley. Also seven grandchildren: Eliza Pierson, Katherine Pierson, Isabella Pierson, Natasha Zamecnik, Alexandra Zamecnik, Gabriel Coakley and Aran Coakley. Also two great- granddaughters: Freya Pierson Grant and Clara Mathilde Goodliffe. There will be a private burial at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and a memorial service in spring. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to: The Foundation for Research in Cell Biology & Cancer c/o Dr. Kurt J. Isselbacher, P.O. Box 290088, Charlestown, MA 02129-0202.

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