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Louis S. Goodman ’28

Louis Goodman ’28, November 19, 2000, in Salt Lake City. He was a phamacologist who helped develop the chemical treatment of cancer. After graduating from Reed, he earned a master’s degree and MD from the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1932. He was named instructor of pharmacology at Yale in 1935 and assistant professor in 1937. In 1943, he became professor and chairman or pharmacology and physiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. A year later, he left to become chairman and professor of pharmacology at the new four-year University of Utah College of Medicine. He remained at that institution until his retirement in 1971, and continued to teach through the early ’90s. He was among the first researchers to use a nitrogen mustard as an anti-cancer drug, and he also wrote the first article on the chemical use of a chemotherapeutic agent for treating lymphosarcoma and leukemia. His well-known book, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, which was first published in 1941, remains among the most authoritative textbooks in its field. The book is now in its 10th edition. Survivors include a brother, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2001

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