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BIERI JOHN G. BIERI NIH Biochemist John G. Bieri "Jack" of Silver Spring, Maryland, died July 30, 2013 at age 93. Born in Norfolk, VA, he was the second of five sons of the late Vice Admiral and Mrs. Bernard H. Bieri. He was a graduate of Antioch College, received his MS from Pennsylvania State University, and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1948. He served in the US Navy during World War II. From 1949-54 he was on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He was at NIH from m1955 until his retirement in1983 as head of the Nutritional Biochemistry Section of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. While at NIH he authored 160 peer reviewed research papers on the metabolism of vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids. With Dr. George Briggs, he developed the NIH standard diet for laboratory rodents.. In 1956-1957, he was supervising biochemist for nutrition surveys of the armed forces of Pakistan and Bangladesh, conducted by the Interdepartmental Committee for National Defense, and subsequently did collaborative research under the PL480 program with scientists in Bangalore, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. n 1959-60 he was a Fulbright Fellow working with Prof. Henrik Dam, Nobel winner for discovering vitamin K, at the Polytechnic Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Bieri was a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Nutrition, a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition. He was selected by the National Academy of Science, National Research Council as a consultant for the Food and Nutrition Board's Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). Following retirement, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland and a consultant to industry. His honors included the Mead Johnson Award for outstanding young investigator in 1965 and the Public Health Service Superior Service Award. For many years he was an active member of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Bethesda, and a life member of the American Humanist Association. He volunteered at Montgomery General Hospital for 10 years. He and his family enjoyed a vacation home for 18 years in New London, New Hampshire. He was an avid golfer through his 93rd birthday. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Shirley Bloch Bieri of Silver Spring; children Roger (Terry Glaser) of San Diego,CA, Barbara Hollis (Darrell) of Montgomery Village, MD and Nancy of Silver Spring, MD; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers David of Newton, NC and James of Austin, TX, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial reception for friends and family will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room, Club House I in Leisure World, 3300 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, MD.
Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2013