JOHN L. FAHEY

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FAHEY JOHN LESLIE FAHEY, MD, MS Formerly of Chevy Chase, MD, passed away suddenly, shortly before his 90th birthday, on August 19, 2014 in Boulder, CO. John Fahey was born in Cleveland, OH, to Leslie and Marguerite Schardt Fahey on September 8, 1924. John had his pre-med education at Ohio State University, followed by Wayne College of Medicine. He was then offered a two-year Fellowship and a Master of Science academic program at Wayne University. This profoundly influenced his career focus on combining science advances with research on the disorders of disease. John completed his medical education at Harvard Medical School in 1951, followed by his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, where he met Jane Adams Bishop, an RN. They were married in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, in 1954. In 1953, John joined the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH). John eventually became Chief of the institute's Laboratory of Immunology in 1963. In 1971, John accepted an invitation to join the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He specialized in Immunol- ogy including both laboratory and clinical domains (cancer, autoimmune disease, immune deficiency and AIDS). He was Department Chair, 1971-1981, and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Immunology and Disease (CIRID) at UCLA, 1981-2000. At UCLA in 1981, he identified the unique deficiency of T Lymphocyte numbers and functions in the first AIDS patients. Studies focused on immune changes, epidemiology, initial therapies, education and prevention of AIDS. From 1995 to 2010, he focused on education and training in immunology and AIDS. In his lifetime, John collaborated with more than 100 professional colleagues in the USA, 40 in other countries, more than 60 MD or PhD postdoctoral fellows in the USA, and 50 who returned to leadership positions in India, Latin America, and other countries. He published more 400 scientific papers. He was active in the American Society of Immunology, Clinical Research Society, American Society for Microbiology, Association of American Physicians and was Co-founder and first President of the Clinical Immunology Society. In 2010 John retired and moved to Colorodo where he completed three more scientific papers relating to AIDS and prepared "A Professional Career in Biomedical Sciences 1945-2010" which is available at: www.johnfaheymd.com. John enjoyed big band jazz, blues, Italian operas, fine art, California wines, and exploring restaurants around the world. Travel was his biggest passion outside of work, and he visited every state in the USA and nearly 60 countries, many of them multiple times. He filled his home with paintings, carvings, and stories about the fascinating people who became his friends through his travels here and abroad. John is survived by his children, Marguerite, James and Catharine; his brother, Thomas, and his grandchildren, Allison Krouse, Cassidy and Audrey. A memorial service will be held at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, CA on October 25 at 3 p.m.A memorial service will be held at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, CA on October 25 at 3 p.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 7, 2014
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