Ira Pilgrim

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Ira Pilgrim Obituary
1925 ~ 2012
Ira Pilgrim, born in the Bronx, New York City, died peacefully at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan with loving family nearby, on May 11, 2012. He was born February 10, 1925
After receiving his Ph.D at the University of California Berkeley and working at Buffalo School of Medicine, he settled with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was a cancer research biologist in the Department of Medicine and Surgery. He developed a strain of germ free mice for other research scientists, and shipped them throughout the U.S. Using these highly inbred, small, brown mice, one of the many theories he developed over the years was that certain types of nomadic cancer cells apparently have the ability to discriminate and decide where they will grow in the body. He wrote a book on cancer for the lay person, out of print but available on his website, (
Preceding Ira in death are parents Regina and Maylech Pilgrim, brother Eli Pilgrim, grandchildren Mikey Bocian, Kit Tingey, and Jean Baillie Pilgrim, mother of his oldest 4 daughters. He was the son-in law of Clyde and Julia Ball, of Ozark, MI. both now deceased. Ira's survivors are: Lu Pilgrim, wife, daughters Anne Hampton Farrington, (Terry), Lynn Martin, (Steven), Julie Bocian Tay, Jan Pilgrim Tingey, Kim Tucker (Lisa), Kris Ball, and sons, Peter (Rita) and Michael (Marilyn) Tucker. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of Ira's life on May 27, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
If you so desire, donations can be made to: The Spyrock School Science Projects. In the memo line of your check note "Ira Pilgrim Remembrance" and mail to:
SSST c/o Lu Pilgrim
4225 Walden Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Spyrock School is a small, rural, multi-age school on a mountain in Northern California where Lu and Ira built their retirement home and lived for 25+ years.
The gift will be presented to Spy Rock School sometime in early Fall, 2012.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 27, 2012
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