SULLIVAN--Jerome L, MD, PhD, born October 13, 1944, died May 3, 2013. Physician, scientist, professor, and internationally recognized father of the "iron hypothesis", Dr. Sullivan first theorized a link between heart disease and increased stored iron in 1981. His seminal paper, published in The Lancet that same year, is still frequently cited today. He was a strong proponent of blood donations, which he believed could reduce the risk of heart attack in men and post-menopausal women. Dr. Sullivan served on the faculties of several university medical schools, including University of Florida and University of Central Florida, and he lectured widely in the United States and abroad. Jerome is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Laura Geisel Sullivan, of Orlando, Florida, and five children. He was buried in his childhood hometown of Dothan, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, donations to the are appreciated.

Published in The New York Times on May 18, 2013