McGIFF - Dr. John C., passed on to join his dear, beloved wife, Sara Babb, and his daughter, Katy, on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013. He follows his mother, Rose, father, John and, brother, Bob, and his bereaved children are John, 54, Sara 51, Jeremiah 49 and Liza 46. Lucia, his 16yr. old Long-Haired Dachshund, is overwhelmed by sorrow at loosing her cherished master. Jack McGiff attended LaSalle Military Academy and he received degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was a Korean War Veteran and known nationally and internationally as a leading cardiovascular and renal researcher. He is the Founder and Chairman of the International Winter Eicosanoid Conference, which has been held for the past 14 years. He served as Chief of Cardiology at St. Louis University before joining the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he was made a Burroughs Welcome Fund Scholar in Clinical Pharmacology. In 197, Dr. McGiff was invited, by Nobel laureate Sir John Vane to join the Wellcome Research Laboratories in England as a Visiting Scientist. In 1976, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. He remained there until he began his chairmanship in the Department of Pharmacology at New York Medical College in 1979, where he served as Professor and Chairman for over 3 decades (1979-2010). He has received numerous awards and honors, which include a Medal of Achievement from the Copernicus Academy in Poland, the Terence Cardinal Cooke Medal for distinguished service in healthcare, the CIBA award in 1986 and the National Institute of Health Award in 1980. Dr. McGiff also received, the Irvine Page-Alva Lifetime Achievement Award in Hypertension, Council for High Blood Pressure Research, AHA; and the Western Returned Scholars Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Beijin, China. A truly remarkable feat, Dr. McGiff was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a Program Project Grant, which he still holds today, 28 years later. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Copernicus Academy of Medicine, Krakow, Poland and Fu Jen University, Taiwan. Visiting Thursday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Robertaccio Funeral Home, Inc, 85 Rte 112 Patchogue, NY 11772. Funeral Mass Friday 10am St Francis de Sales Church. Interment St. Lawrence Cemetery.
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Published in Newsday on Feb. 6, 2013