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Stanley Gail Nathenson ’55

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Stanley Gail Nathenson ’55, October 15, 2012, in Pelham, New York. Stanley was at Reed for two years and earned a BA in psychology. He went on to earn an MD from Washington University in 1959, with special honors in pharmacology. Following that, he had additional training at the National Institutes of Health and the Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex, England. He was recognized as a National Foundation fellow and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Stanley joined the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1965 in microbiology, immunology, and cell biology. He was later named Samuel H. Golding Chair in Microbiology. The college also recognized Stanley as a distinguished professor and awarded him the Marshall S. Horwitz, MD Faculty Prize for Research Excellence. He held numerous leadership positions at the college, including director of the immunology and oncology training program. His research focused on two costimulatory molecules, B7-1 and B7-2, which had been found to play an important role in activating and regulating T-cell immunity. His studies helped reveal the immunological basis for rejection of transplanted tissues and organs and led to therapies for overcoming the rejection process. He was the author of more than 250 research papers in the field of immunology. Stanley married Susan E. Lawrence in 1959; they had two sons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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