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DANIEL BANES, PhD
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, DANIEL BANES, Ph.D. of Chevy Chase, MD. Beloved husband of the recently deceased, Helen Banes; loving mother of Susan (Larry) Harris, Ruby (Dawa) Sherpa and Sally (Noel Carroll) Banes; dear grandfather of Mimi (Steven) Kirstein, Amy B. Harris (Jason Reilly), Joseph Bell, Panama (fiancée, Elizabeth Durney) Bartholomy; and great grandfather of Zachary, Kylie and Richard Kirstein, Ellis Reilly and Jake Bell. Dr. Banes was born in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Univ. of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa also obtaining a Masters of Biochemistry. His PhD in biochemistry is from Georgetown University. He enlisted in the Army-Air Corp shortly after the start of WWII
serving as a meteorologist at a major air base. After accepting a position at Food and Drug in Washington, DC he rose to be chief scientist under four Presidents'. He was instrumental in stopping the approval of Thalidomide as an anti-nausea and sleeping medication preventing the drug from affecting fetuses in the USA. After retiring from FDA, he became an editor of the US Pharmacopeia. Dr. Banes was a consultant through the World Health Organization to Latin American countries and Israel. In later years he taught Shakespeare, Jewish history, and the humanities in Washington, DC and Palm Springs. He was a Chemistry Professor at the American University. He was a member of Cosmos Club. He loved helping the family with homework and especially with Shakespeare assignments. He will be missed and always loved. Services and interment are private. Shiva at the home of Mimi and Steven Kirstein on Sunday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to ShakespeareTheatre.org
or to the
. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME, 202-541-1001.
Published in The Washington Post from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2013