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Robert E. Priest ’50

Robert Priest ’50, March 4, 2001, from injuries sustained from a fall following a stroke. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago on the GI Bill, earning an MD in 1954. Following an internship at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, he returned to the University of Chicago as a resident in pathology in 1954–57. In 1957, he accepted a position as instructor in pathology at the University of Washington, where he conducted laboratory research in atherosclerosis and on renal and intestinal disorders. He married Jean Hirsch in 1958 and they had three children. In 1962, he accepted a position at the University of Colorado, where he soon became full professor. In 1971, he moved to Emory University, where he remained until his retirement in 1985. While at Emory, he established the PhD program in experimental pathology and directed the pathology course, and he served on the Faculty Committee for Medical Research and the Emory University Senate. He was a visiting scientist in biochemistry at St. Andrews, Scotland, and was the Fogarty Senior International Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After retirement, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Wurzburg, Germany, and he helped to establish a genetics laboratory at the medical school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and many other professional associations, and he published a number of scholarly articles on his research. Survivors include his wife; a son; two daughters; four grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2002

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