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LEIBO--Stanley Paul, Ph.D., April 8, 1937 - March 25, 2014, renowned biologist, professor and researcher died of cancer in Austin, Texas. Leibo was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and soon moved to Providence, where he attended Classical High School, then received his Bachelor degree from Brown University. At the University of Vermont, he earned two Master's degrees. Subsequently, he pursued and achieved his Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton University. Leibo moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in 1963. In 1972, along with colleagues Peter Mazur and David Whittingham, the trio of scientists became the first to successfully preserve embryos of mammals that had been frozen using liquid nitrogen and helium. This critical work laid the foundation for the current widespread use of freezing embryos in human fertility clinics around the world. In 1981, Leibo moved to San Antonio, Texas, to head up Research & Development at Rio Vista International. While there, he invented a one-step process (subsequently patented) for the transfer of cattle embryos, which revolutionized the industry. In 2009, Leibo received the IETS Lifetime Achievement Award for his numerous and important contributions to the field of cryobiology and its benefits to the world of reproduction. Predeceased by his wife, Leibo is survived by his son and daughter and their families.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 30, 2014.
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November 26, 2014
Stan was a great scientist with a wonderful sense of humour. He was always excited with new ideas and his interests and questions were penetrating. His old friends from the U.K will miss him. Mike Ashwood-Smith ( Canada )
Mike Ashwood-Smith
November 10, 2014
Cousin Stanley and I had infrequent contacts but very heartfelt when they occurred. My condolences to Jonathan and Beth.
Judy Levy
April 23, 2014
Dr. Leibo was the most generous of teachers and scientific mentors. He influenced the careers of hundreds of biologists and physiologists, yet remained humble and accessible always. He made the world a better place and we are lessened by his loss.
April 8, 2014
Stanley Leibo was a great man with a great heart. He mentored me with regard to cryobiology on many occasions and I always looked forward to reading his next publication. He was generous with his time and knowledge and he will be missed. My condolences to the family.
April 4, 2014
You will never be forgotten dearest friend - RIP Stanley
Bogna Hobot Olczak
April 3, 2014
I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet man on a few occasions. He will be missed :( RIP Stan
March 31, 2014
Deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful teacher with a good heart that I will always remember.
Erin L
March 31, 2014
My deepest condolences to Dr. Leibo's family at this difficult time. I will remember him always as a most influential teacher and mentor.
Heather Chalmers
March 31, 2014
My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2. Again my deepest sympathy.
March 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of another good man's passing. He will be missed.
Van & Marie Radoccia for the Classical High School Class of "54
March 30, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 30, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family. May the " God of all comfort" bring you peace during this distressing time. 2 Cor 1:3; JF
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