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HURWITZ--Jerard. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) community mourns the loss of distinguished scientist Jerard Hurwitz. Dr. Hurwitz was a world-renowned molecular biologist whose work focused on the biosynthesis of DNA and RNA. He was one of the discoverers of RNA polymerase, the enzyme that transcribes DNA into messenger RNA. His pivotal studies of the enzymes that drive these processes led to a general understanding of how the genome is replicated in dividing cells. This work helped make possible advances in genetic engineering, including the ability to splice and copy DNA. Dr. Hurwitz came to MSK in 1984, as chair of the Sloan Kettering Institute's Molecular Biology Program. He went on to serve as SKI's Vice Chairman from 1991 to 2003. His research helped clarify how DNA is copied during cell growth and division, and shed light on the mechanisms that regulate the cell cycle. He mentored many junior scientists who have gone on to distinguished careers of their own. Dr. Hurwitz was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1968 and the National Academy of Sciences in 1974. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Eli Lilly Award in Biochemistry in 1962, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 1968, the Institut Pasteur Hazen Lectureship in 1972, and the New York Academy of Science's Louis and Bert Freeman Foundation Prize for Research in Biochemistry in 1982. He was a longtime American Cancer Society Research Professor. We extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Hurwitz's family and colleagues. Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO Joan Massague, Director, SKI Kenneth J. Marians, Member, SKI John Petrini, Chair, Molecular Biology Program, SKI Stewart Shuman, Member, SKI Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 26, 2019.
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March 1, 2020
Jerry was my first true mentor in life, who really believed in my abilities and let me know it. Losing Jerry feels like losing a dad.
Karen Perkins
February 25, 2019
Jerry had a great influence on me. As a Sr. Technician in his lab, he encourage me to aspire to reach elevated level of scientific knowledge and develop into an independent researcher. I will never forget the memory of him. He is truly missed.
Inger Tappin
February 21, 2019
As a research associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, I first met The Dr Hurwitz. He was a Force that will always be with me. His guidance & kindness cannot be matched. RIP Jerry
Janet b Murphy
February 13, 2019
Jerry was a transformative figure in my scientific career. He was the best mentor. His teachings will always be a part of me.
Vladimir Bermudez
February 9, 2019
When I came to Sloan-Kettering as a young Assistant Member in 1989, Jerry was warm and welcoming and called me "kid". He still called me that ten years later when I received tenure at MSKCC (and he was still working at the bench). He was a giant of his generation, and will be sorely missed.
Leonard Freedman`
February 6, 2019
Jerry was my PhD adviser, and had an oversized role in shaping my identity as a scientist. I will treasure the memory of him and the experience in his lab. Thank you Jerry!
James Cai
February 6, 2019
Jerry was my thesis mentor. He taught me to be a scientist. I use his training every time we carry out an experiment.
Jeffrey Field
February 5, 2019
Jerry, you were the best and will be missed. Thanks for everything.
Hernan Flores-Rozas
February 1, 2019
Jerry, you are my hero, mentor, and father. You taught me how to live a genuine scientist's life. You will shine and be remembered forever. I will miss you.
Chee-Gun Lee
January 28, 2019
I left Jerry's lab in 1983 when my daughter was born to be a stay at home mom. I often reminisce about those days and people in his lab and Ora's. with great fondness.
Claudette Turck
January 27, 2019
Jerry's belief in me helped me believe in myself. Striving to meet his expectations of what I could do gave me opportunities I could never have dreamed of and continues to make me a better person and scientist. I wish I had words to express my gratitude; I hope my life and work will do.
Rick Wobbe
January 26, 2019
uncle Jerry I will miss you greatly. You were family to me as well. A major numbers of my terrific Woodshole memories , have you involved. I love you. Prayers and thoughts for your amazing family
Jody Isselbacher
January 26, 2019
Jerry had enormous influence on my professional and personal life. He taught me how to be a scientist and how to work harder than I ever had before. His legacy will include not only the great work that he did, but all of the work that all of the people that he trained did. He is much loved by all of those who worked for him and I will miss him greatly. My sincere condolences to all of his family. He was a great man.
Richard Gronostajski
January 26, 2019
Please accept my deepest condolence. As the days & weeks pass, & as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love & support of God, Family and Friends. Psalms 91:2. May his memory be a blessing now, forever & always.
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