HISTORY, News March 21, 2012
Melissa Ketunuti, - died January
2013 - Firefighters find charred body of murdered pediatrician who was hog-tied,
strangled and set on fire in her basement
Dr. Kentunuti worked at Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia and dedicated her whole life to being a doctor and helping kids
with cancer. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, she earned a doctorate in
medicine from Stanford University and had initially considered working as a
She worked on an AIDS research fellowship in
Botswana through the National Institutes of Health. She also completed
internships at Johns Hopkins Hospital and New York University.
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Professor Dr. Richard
Crowe, 60, died May 27 in an off-road accident in
Arizona. Dr. Crowe came to UH Hilo 25 years ago and helped launch
the University’s undergraduate astronomy program. is numerous publications and
co-authored works added significantly to the body of astronomical literature. He
regularly trained UHH student observers with the UH 24-inch telescope on Mauna
Kea, and conducted many research programs on that telescope. In 2005, he won the
AstroDay Excellence in Teaching Award for his efforts. In 1991, Dr. Crowe was
selected as a Fujio Matsuda Research Fellow for his scholarly work on pulsating
variable stars. Crowe was also active in the community. He was a longtime member
of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay.
Died January 16,2012
shot in a head.
According to police, someone walked to the
passenger's side of her car and shot her at point-blank range. Bagherzadeh was a
molecular genetic technology student at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
She also was active in promoting Iranian women's rights, police spokesman Victor
James S. Miller 58, died Oct. 9, as a result of being
attacked during a home invasion. Professor
James Steven Miller came to Goshen College to teach in 1980, the same year he
completed his doctorate degree in medical biochemistry at Ohio State University.
He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1975 from Bluffton (Ohio)
University. The Goshen College Board of Directors granted Professor Miller
tenure in June 1985. He primarily taught upper-level courses taken by students
in nursing, pre-medical and other health-related tracks.
Zachary Greene Warfield,
35, died July 4 in a boating accident on the Potomac
River. Zack was a co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors for
Omnis, Inc., a McLean, VA-based strategic consulting firm for the intelligence,
defense and national security communities. He spearheaded major research
initiatives and, in addition to helping steer the company, was directly involved
in numerous projects, including analytic training and technology consulting.
Prior to founding Omnis, Zack was an engineer and analyst for the U.S.
Government and private industry. As a science and technology analyst, he
assessed missile and space systems, managed technical contracts, and
investigated Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program as a member of the
Iraq Survey Group, serving in Baghdad on two separate occasions.
As an engineer, he worked on aerospace projects
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and private industry. Most notably,
Zack designed critical guidance systems that ensured a successful landing for
the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity; his name is inscribed on
one of the rovers, and remains on Mars today.
55, died July 18 of an apparent heart attack. He
was a professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and
Sciences at Northwestern University. Widom focused on how DNA is packaged into
chromosomes — and the location of nucleosomes specifically. Colleagues said the
work has had profound implications for how genes are able to be read in the cell
and how mutations outside of the regions that encode proteins can lead to errors
Fanjun Meng, 29,
and Chunyang Zhang, 26, drowned in a Branson hotel
swimming pool. Both were from China and working in the anatomic
pathology lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Meng was a visiting
scholar and his wife, Zhang, was a research specialist, according to information
at the university’s website. Meng was working on research looking at a possible
link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease.Police said the investigation is
ongoing as to the cause of the drowning but had said earlier there was no sign
of foul play.
Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Valery
Lyalin, in a Russian plane crash. The five scientists
were employed at the Hydropress factory, a member of Russia’s state nuclear
corporation and had assisted in the development of Iran’s nuclear plant.
Theyworked at the Bushehr nuclear power plant and helped to complete
construction of it. Officially Russian investigators say that human error and
technical malfunction caused the deadly crash, which killed 45 and left 8
Dickey, 56, from an apparent suicide Mar. 18 after he jumped
from the Gorge Bridge. Dickey was a senior nuclear engineer with over
30 years of experience in support of the design, construction, start-up, and
operation of commercial and government nuclear facilities. His expertise was in
nuclear safety programmatic assessment, regulatory compliance, hazard
assessment, safety analysis, and safety basis documentation. He completed
project tasks in nuclear engineering design and application, nuclear waste
management, project management, and risk management. His technical support
experience included nuclear facility licensing, radiation protection, health and
safety program assessments, operational readiness assessments, and systems
Gregory Stone, 54, from
an unknown illness Feb. 17. Stone, who was quoted extensively in many
publications internationally after last year’s BP oil leak, was the director of
the renowned Wave-Current Information System. Stone quickly established himself
as an internationally respected coastal scientist who produced cutting-edge
research and attracted millions of dollars of research support to LSU. As part
of his research, he and the CSI Field Support Group developed a series of
offshore instrumented stations to monitor wind, waves and currents that impact
the Louisiana coast. The system is used by many fishermen and scientists to
monitor wind, waves and currents off the Louisiana coast. Stone was a great
researcher, teacher, mentor and family man.
Bradley C. Livezey, 56,
died in a car crash Feb. 8. Livezey knew nearly everything about the
songs of birds and was considered the top anatomist. Livezey, curator of The
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, never gave up researching unsolved mysteries
of the world’s 20,000 or so avian species. Carnegie curator since 1993, Livezey
oversaw a collection of nearly 195,000 specimens of birds, the country’s ninth
largest. Livezey died in a two-car crash on Route 910, authorities said. An
autopsy revealed he died from injuries to the head and trunk, the Allegheny
County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Northern Regional Police are
Dr Massoud Ali
Mohammadi, 50, was assassinated Jan. 11 when a
remote-control bomb inside a motorcycle near his car was detonated. This
professor of nuclear physics at Tehran University was politically active and his
name was on a list of Tehran University staff who supported Mir Hossein Mousavi
according to Newsweek. The London Times reports that Dr. Ali-Mohammadi told his
students to speak out against the unjust elections. He stated “We have to stand
up to this lot. Don’t be afraid of a bullet. It only hurts at the beginning.”
Iran seems to be systematically assassinating high level professors and doctors
who speak out against the regime of President Ahmadinejad. However, Iran
proclaims that Israel and America used the “killing as a means of thwarting the
country’s nuclear program” per Newsweek.
John (Jack) P. Wheeler
III, 66. last seen Dec. 30 found dead in a
Delaware landfill, fought to get the Vietnam Memorial built and served in two
Bush administrations. His death has been ruled a homicide by Newark, Del.
police. Wheeler graduated from West Point in 1966, and had a law degree from
Yale and a business degree from Harvard. His military career included serving in
the office of the Secretary of Defense and writing a manual on the effectiveness
of biological and chemical weapons, which recommended that the United States not
use biological weapons.
Mark A. Smith, 45. Died
Nov. 15 renowned Alzheimer’s disease researcher has died after
being hit by a car in Ohio. Smith was a pathology professor at Case Western
Reserve University and director of basic science research at the university’s
memory and cognition center. He also was executive director of the American
Aging Association and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
He is listed as the No. 3 “most prolific” Alzheimer’s disease researcher, with
405 papers written, by the international medical Journal.
Chitra Chauhan, 33. Died
Nov. 15 was found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a
Temple Terrace hotel, police said. Chauhan left a suicide note saying she used
cyanide. Hazmat team officials said the cyanide was found only in granular form,
meaning it was not considered dangerous outside of the room it was found in. The
chemical is considered more dangerous in a liquid or gas form. Potassium
Cyanide, the apparent cause of death, is a chemical commonly used by
universities in teaching chemistry and conducting research, but it was not used
in the research projects she was working on. Chauhan, a molecular biologist, was
a post-doctoral researcher in the Global Health department in the College of
Public Health. She earned her doctorate from the Institute of Genomics and
Integrative Biology in New Delhi, India, in 2005, then studied mosquitoes and
disease transmission at the University of Notre Dame.
Franco Cerrina, 62. Died
July 12 was found dead in a lab at BU’s Photonics Center on Monday
morning. The cause of death is not yet known, but have ruled out homicide.
Cerrina joined the faculty of BU in 2008 after spending 24 years on the faculty
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He co-founded five companies, including
NimbleGen Systems, Genetic Assemblies (merged with Codon Devices in 2006), Codon
Devices, Biolitho, and Gen9, according to Nanowerk News. NimbleGen, a Madison,
WI-based provider of DNA microarray technology, was sold to Basel,
Switzerland-based Roche in 2007 for $272.5 million. Cerrina, chairman of the
electrical and computer engineering department, came to BU two years ago from
the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a leading scholar in optics,
lithography, and nanotechnology, according to his biography on the university
website. The scholar was responsible for establishing a new laboratory in the
Toor, 34. Died April 26 shot and killed outside
his home in Branford, Conn. Toor worked at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in
New York before joining Yale.
Joseph Morrissey, 46.
Died April 6 as a victim of a home invasion. The autopsy revealed
that the professor died from a stab wound. Although the cause of death was first
identified as a gun shot wound, the autopsy revealed that the professor died
from a stab wound. Morrissey joined NSU in May 2009 as an associate professor
and taught one elective class on immunopharmacology in the College of
Maria Ragland Davis, 52.
Died February 13 at the hand of neurobiologist Amy
Bishop. Her background was in chemical engineering and
biochemistry, and she specialized in plant pathology and biotechnology
applications. She had a doctorate in biochemistry and had worked as a
postdoctoral research fellow at the Monsanto Company in St. Louis. She was hired
at the University of Alabama after a seven-year stint as a senior scientist in
the plant-science department at Research Genetics Inc. (later Invitrogen), also
Gopi K. Podila, 54. Died
February 13 at the hand of neurobiologist Amy
Bishop, Indian American biologist, noted academician, and
faculty member at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He listed his
research interests as engineering tree biomass for bioenergy, functional
genomics of plant-microbe interactions, plant molecular biology and
biotechnology. In particular, Padila studied genes that regulate growth in fast
growing trees, especially poplar and aspen. He has advocated prospective use of
fast growing trees and grasses as an alternative to corn sources for producing
Adriel D. Johnson
Sr. 52. Died February 13 at the hand
of neurobiologist Amy Bishop. His
research involved aspects of gastrointestinal physiology specifically pancreatic
function in vertebrates.
Bishop, 45, murdered three fellow scientists February
13 after being denied tenure. Dead biology professors are: G. K.
Podila, the department’s chairman, a native of India; Maria Ragland Davis; and
Adriel D. Johnson Sr.
Keith Fagnou, 38. Died
November 11 of H1N1. His research focused on improving the
preparation of complex molecules for petrochemical, pharmaceutical or industrial
uses. Keith’s advanced and out–of-the-box thinking overturned prior ideas of
what is possible in the chemistry field.
Stephen Lagakos, 63.
Died October 12 in an auto collision, wife, Regina, 61, and his mother, Helen,
94, were also killed in the crash, as was the driver of the other car, Stephen
Krause, 52, of Keene, N.H. Lagakos centered his efforts on several
fronts in the fight against AIDS particularly how and when HIV-infected women
transmitted the virus to their children. In addition, he developed sophisticated
methods to improve the accuracy of estimated HIV incidence rates. He also
contributed to broadening access to antiretroviral drugs to people in developing
Malcolm Casadaban, 60.
Died Sept. 13 of plague. Casadaban, a renowned molecular
geneticist with a passion for new research, had been working to develop an even
stronger vaccine for the plague. The medical center says the plague bacteria he
worked with was a weakened strain that isn’t known to cause illness in healthy
adults. The strain was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention for laboratory studies.
Wallace L. Pannier, 81.
Died Aug. 6 of respiratory failure and other natural
causes. Pannier, a germ warfare scientist whose top-secret
projects included a mock attack on the New York subway with powdered bacteria in
1966. Mr. Pannier worked at Fort Detrick, a US Army installation in Frederick
that tested biological weapons during the Cold War and is now a center for
biodefense research. He worked in the Special Operations Division, a secretive
unit operating there from 1949 to 1969, according to family members and
published reports. The unit developed and tested delivery systems for deadly
agents such as anthrax and smallpox.
August “Gus” Watanabe,
67. Died June 9, found dead outside a cabin in Brown
County. Friends discovered the body, a .38-caliber handgun and a
three-page note at the scene. They said he had been depressed following the
death last month of his daughter Nan Reiko Watanabe Lewis. She died at age 44
while recovering from elective surgery. Watanabe was one of the five
highest-paid officers of Indianapolis pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and Co.
when he retired in 2003.
Caroline Coffey, 28.
Died June 3, from massive cuts to her throat. Hikers found the
body of the Cornell Univ. post-doctoral bio-medicine researcher along a wooded
trail in the park, just outside Ithaca, N.Y., where the Ivy League school is
located. Her husband was hospitalized under guard after a police chase and their
apartment set on fire.
Ordoubadi, 53. Died February 14, of “suspicious”
causes. Dr. Noah (formerly Nasser Talebzadeh Ordoubadi) is
described in his American biography as a pioneer of Mind-Body-Quantum medicine
who lectured in five countries and ran a successful health care center General
Medical Clinics Inc. in King County, Washington for 15 years after suffering a
heart attack in 1989. Among his notable accomplishments
was discovering an antitoxin treatment for bioweapons.
Bruce Edwards Ivins, 62.
Died July 29, of an overdose. He committed suicide prior to formal
charges being filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an alleged
criminal connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Ivins was likely solely
responsible for the deaths of five persons, and the injury of dozens of others,
resulting from the mailings of several anonymous letters to members of Congress
and members of the media in September and October, 2001, which letters contained
Bacillus anthracis, commonly referred to as anthrax. Ivins was a coinventor on
two US patents for anthrax vaccine technology.
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Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel
Ferez, both 23. Died July 3, after being bound, gagged, stabbed
and set alight. Laurent, a student in the proteins that cause
infectious disease, had been stabbed 196 times with half of them being
administered to his back after he was dead. Gabriel, who hoped to become an
expert in ecofriendly fuels, suffered 47 separate injuries.
Yongsheng Li, age 29.
Died: sometime after 4 p.m. on March 10, when he was last seen as
a result of unknown causes. He was found in a pond between the Women’s Sports
Complex and State Botanical Gardens on South Milledge Avenue Sunday and had been
missing 16 days. Li was a doctoral student from China who studied receptor cells
in Regents Professor David Puett’s biochemistry and molecular biology
Dr. Mario Alberto Vargas
Olvera, age 52. Died: Oct. 6, 2007 as a result of
several blunt-force injuries to his head and neck. Ruled as murder. Found in his
home. He was a nationally and
internationally recognized biologist.
Kaufman, age 57 (one day before his 58th birthday). Died: May
31, 2006 when he was struck by an automobile while riding his
bicycle near the Goddard center’s campus in Greenbelt. Dr. Kaufman began working
at the space flight center in 1979 and spent his entire career there as a
research scientist. His primary fields were meteorology and climate change, with
a specialty in analyzing aerosols — airborne solid and liquid particles in the
atmosphere. In recent years, he was senior atmospheric scientist in the
Earth-Sun Exploration Division and played a key role in the development of
NASA’s Terra satellite, which collects data about the atmosphere.
Lee Jong-woo, age
61. Died: May 22, 2006 after suffering a blood clot on the brain.
Lee was spearheading the organization’s fight against global threats from bird
flu, AIDS and other infectious diseases. WHO director-general since 2003, Lee
was his country’s top international official. The affable South Korean, who
liked to lighten his press conferences with jokes, was a keen sportsman with no
history of ill-health, according to officials.
Strachunsky. Died: June 8, 2005 after being hit
on the head with a champagne bottle. Strachunsky specialized in creating
microbes resistant to biological weapons. Strachunsky was found dead in his
hotel room in Moscow, where hed come from Smolensk en route to the United
States. Investigators are looking for a connection between the murder of this
leading bio weapons researcher and the hepatitis outbreak in Tver, Russia.
Robert J. Lull, age 66.
Died: May 19, 2005 of multiple stab wounds. Despite his missing
car and apparent credit card theft, homicide Inspector Holly Pera said
investigators aren’t convinced that robbery was the sole motive for Lull’s
killing. She said a robber would typically have taken more valuables from Lull’s
home than what the killer left with. Lull had been chief of nuclear medicine at
San Francisco General Hospital since 1990 and served as a radiology professor at
UCSF. He was past president of the American College of Nuclear Physicians and
the San Francisco Medical Society and served as editor of the medical society’s
journal, San Francisco Medicine, from 1997 to 1999. Lee Lull said her former
husband was a proponent of nuclear power and loved to debate his political
positions with others.
Kauppila, age 41. Died: May 8, 2005 of
hemorrhagic pancreatitis at the Los Alamos hospital, according to the state
medical examiner’s office. Picture of him was not available to due secret
nature of his work. This is his funeral picture. His death came two days
after Kauppila publicly rejoiced over news that the lab’s director was
leaving. Kauppila was fired by director Pete Nanos on Sept. 23, 2004
following a security scandal. Kauppila said he was fired because he did
not immediately return from a family vacation during a lab investigation into
two classified computer disks that were thought to be missing. The apparent
security breach forced Nanos to shut down the lab for several weeks. Kauppila
claimed he was made a scapegoat over the disks, which investigators concluded
never existed. The mistake was blamed on a clerical error. After he was
fired, Kauppila accepted a job as a contractor at Bechtel Nevada Corp., a
research company that works with Los Alamos and other national
laboratories. He was also working on a new Scatter Reduction Grids in
Megavolt Radiography focused on metal plates or crossed grids to act to stop the
scattered radiation while allowing the unscattered or direct rays to pass
through with other scientists: Scott Watson (LANL, DX-3), Chuck Lebeda (LANL,
XTA), Alan Tubb (LANL, DX-8), and Mike Appleby (Tecomet Thermo Electron
David Banks, age
55. Died: May 8, 2005. Banks, based in North Queensland, died in
an airplane crash, along with 14 others. He was known as an Agro Genius
inventing the mosquito trap used for cattle. Banks was the principal scientist
with quarantine authority, Biosecurity Australia, and heavily involved in
protecting Australians from unwanted diseases and pests. Most of Dr Banks’ work
involved preventing potentially devastating diseases making their way into
Australia. He had been through Indonesia looking at the potential for foot and
mouth disease to spread through the archipelago and into Australia. Other
diseases he had fought to keep out of Australian livestock herds and fruit
orchards include classical swine fever, Nipah virus and Japanese
Dr. Douglas James Passaro, age 43. Died
April 18, 2005 from unknown cause in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr.
Passaro was a brilliant epidemiologist who wanted to unlock the secrets of a
spiral-shaped bacteria that causes stomach disease. He was a professor who
challenged his students with real-life exercises in bioterrorism. He was married
to Dr. Sherry Nordstrom.
Geetha Angara, age 43.
Died: February 8, 2005. This formerly missing chemist was found in
a Totowa, New Jersey water treatment plant’s tank. Angara, 43, of Holmdel, was
last seen on the night of Feb. 8 doing water quality tests at the Passaic Valley
Water Commission plant in Totowa, where she worked for 12 years. Divers found
her body in a 35-foot-deep sump opening at the bottom of one of the emptied
tanks. Investigators are treating Angara’s death as a possible homicide. Angara,
a senior chemist with a doctorate from New York University, was married and
mother of three.
#74 Jeong H. Im, age 72.
Died: January 7, 2005. Korean Jeong H. Im, died of multiple stab
wounds to the chest before firefighters found in his body in the trunk of a
burning car on the third level of the Maryland Avenue Garage. A retired
research assistant professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia and
primarily a protein chemist, MUPD with the assistance of the Columbia Police
Department and Columbia Fire Department are conducting a death investigation of
the incident. A “person of interest” described as a male 6?–6’2? wearing some
type of mask possible a painters mask or drywall type mask was seen in the area
of the Maryland Avenue Garage. Dr. Im was primarily a protein chemist and he was
a researcher in the field.
Died in 2004
#73 Darwin Kenneth
Vest, born April 22, 1951, was an internationally
renowned entomologist, expert on hobo spiders and other poisonous spiders and
snakes. Darwin disappeared in the early morning hours of June 3, 1999 while
walking in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho (USA). The family believes foul play was
involved in his disappearance. A celebration of Darwin’s life was held in Idaho
Falls and Moscow on the one-year anniversary of his disappearance. The services
included displays of Darwin’s work and thank you letters from school children
and teachers. Memories of Darwin were shared by at least a dozen speakers from
around the world and concluded with the placing of roses and a memorial wreath
in the Snake River. A candlelight vigil was also held that evening on the banks
of the Snake River.
Darwin was declared legally dead the first week
of March 2004 and now the family is in the process of obtaining restraining
orders against several companies who saw fit to use his name and photos without
permission. His brother David is legal conservator of the estate and his sister
Rebecca is handling issues related to Eagle Rock Research and ongoing research
Media help in locating Darwin is welcome.
Continuing efforts to solve this mystery include recent DNA sampling. Stories
about his disappearance continue to appear throughout the world. Issues
surrounding missing adult investigations have received new attention following
the tragedies of 911.
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Tom Thorne, age
64; Beth Williams, age 53; Died: December
29, 2004. Two wild life scientists, Husband-and-wife wildlife
veterinarians who were nationally prominent experts on chronic wasting disease
and brucellosis were killed in a snowy-weather crash on U.S. 287 in northern
Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher.
Died: December 21, 2004. Iraqi nuclear scientist was shot dead
north of Baghdad by unknown gunmen. He was on his way to work at Diyala
University when armed men opened fire on his car as it was crossing a bridge in
Baqouba, 57 km northeast of Baghdad. The vehicle swerved off the bridge and fell
into the Khrisan river. Al-Daher, who was a professor at the local university,
was removed from the submerged car and rushed to Baqouba hospital where he was
John R. La Montagne, age
61. Died: November 2, 2004. Died while in Mexico, no cause
stated, later disclosed as pulmonary embolism. PhD, Head of US Infectious
Diseases unit under Tommie Thompson. Was NIAID Deputy Director.
Expert in AIDS Program work and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Allison, age 32. Died: October 13,
2004. Fatal explosion of a car parked at an Osceola County, Fla.,
Wal-Mart store. It was no accident, Local 6 News has learned. Found inside
a burned car. Witnesses said the man left the store at about 11 p.m. and entered
his Ford Taurus car when it exploded. Investigators said they found a Duraflame
log and propane canisters on the front passenger’s seat. Allison had a
college degree in molecular biology and biotechnology.
Mohammed Toki Hussein
al-Talakani, age 40. Died: September 5, 2004:
Iraqi nuclear scientist was shot dead in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad. He was a
practicing nuclear physicist since 1984.
Clark, Age 52, Died: August 12, 2004.
Found hanged in his holiday home. An expert in animal science and
biotechnology where he developed techniques for the genetic modification of
livestock; this work paved the way for the birth, in 1996, of Dolly the sheep,
the first animal to have been cloned from an adult. Head of the science
lab which created Dolly the sheep. Prof Clark led the Roslin
Institute in Midlothian, one of the world s leading animal biotechnology
research centers. He played a crucial role in creating the transgenic sheep that
earned the institute worldwide fame. He was put in charge of a project to
produce human proteins (which could be used in the treatment of human diseases)
in sheep’s milk. Clark and his team focused their study on the production of the
alpha-I-antitryps in protein, which is used for treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Prof Clark also founded three spin-out firms from Roslin – PPL Therapeutics,
Rosgen and Roslin BioMed.
Dr. John Badwey, age 54.
Died: July 21, 2004. Scientist and accidental politician when he
opposed disposal of sewage waste program of exposing humans to sludge.
Suddenly developed pneumonia like symptoms then died in two weeks.
Biochemist at Harvard Medical School specializing in infectious diseases.
al-Mudares. Died: July 21, 2004. Mutilated
body was found in the city of Samarra, Iraq*. He was a Phd. chemist and had been
tortured before being killed. He was a drug company worker who had a chemistry
Professor Stephen Tabet, age 42. Died on
July 6, 2004 from an unknown illness. He was an associate
professor and epidemiologist at the University of Washington. A world-renowned
HIV doctor and researcher who worked with HIV patients in a vaccine clinical
trial for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Dr. Larry Bustard, age 53. Died July 2,
2004 from unknown causes. He was a Sandia scientist in the
Department of Energy who helped develop a foam spray to clean up congressional
buildings and media sites during the anthrax scare in 2001. He worked at Sandia
National Laboratories in Albuquerque. As an expert in bioterrorism, his team
came up with a new technology used against biological and chemical agents.
Edward Hoffman, age 62.
Died July 1, 2004 from unknown causes. Hoffman was a professor and
a scientist who also held leadership positions within the UCLA medical
community. He worked to develop the first human PET scanner in 1973 at
Washington University in St. Louis.
John Mullen, age
67. Died: June 29, 2004. A Nuclear physicist poisoned with a huge
dose of arsenic. A nuclear research scientist with McDonnell Douglas.
Police investigating will not say how Mullen was exposed to the arsenic or where
it came from. At the time of his death he was doing contract work for
Dr. Paul Norman, age 52.
Died: June 27, 2004. From Salisbury Wiltshire. Killed
when the single-engine Cessna 206 he was piloting crashed in Devon. Expert
in chemical and biological weapons. He traveled the world lecturing on defending
against the scourge of weapons of mass destruction. He was married with a
14-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter, and was the chief scientist for
chemical and biological defense at the Ministry of Defense’s laboratory at
Porton Down, Wiltshire. The crash site was examined by officials from the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch and the wreckage of the aircraft was removed from
the site to the AAIB base at Farnborough.
Assefa Tulu, age 45.
Died: June 24, 2004. Dr. Tulu joined the health department
in 1997 and served for five years as the county’s lone epidemiologist. He was
charged with trackcing the health of the county, including the spread of
diseases, such as syphilis, AIDS and measles. He also designed a system for
detecting a bioterrorism attack involving viruses or bacterial agents. Tulu
often coordinated efforts to address major health concerns in Dallas County,
such as the West Nile virus outbreaks of the past few years, and worked with the
media to inform the public. Found face down, dead in his office. The Dallas
County Epidemiologist died of a hemorrhagic stroke.
Thomas Gold, age
84. Died: June 22, 2004. Austrian born Thomas Gold famous
over the years for a variety of bold theories that flout conventional wisdom and
reported in his 1998 book, “The Deep Hot Biosphere,” the idea challenges the
accepted wisdom of how oil and natural gas are formed and, along the way,
proposes a new theory of the beginnings of life on Earth and potentially on
other planets. Long term battle with heart failure. Gold’s theory of the
deep hot biosphere holds important ramifications for the possibility of life on
other planets, including seemingly inhospitable planets within our own solar
system. He was Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Cornell University and was the
founder (and for 20 years director) of Cornell Center for Radiophysics and Space
Research. He was also involved in air accident investigations.
Presnyakova, age 46. Died: May 25, 2004. A
Russian scientist at a former Soviet biological weapons laboratory in Siberia
died after an accident with a needle laced with ebola. Scientists and officials
said the accident had raised concerns about safety and secrecy at the State
Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector, which in Soviet
times specialized in turning deadly viruses into biological weapons. Vector has
been a leading recipient of aid in an American program.
Mallove, age 56. Died: May 14, 2004. Autopsy
confirmed Mallove died as a result of several blunt-force injuries to his head
and neck. Ruled as murder. Found at the end of his driveway. Alt. Energy Expert
who was working on viable energy alternative program and announcement. Norwich
Free Academy graduate.Beaten to death during an alleged robbery. Mallove was
well respected for his knowledge of cold fusion. He had just published an “open
letter” outlining the results of and reasons for his last 15 years in the field
of “new energy research.” Dr. Mallove was convinced it was only a matter of
months before the world would actually see a free energy device.
William T. McGuire, age 39. Found
May 5, 2004, last seen late April 2004. Body found in three
suitcases floating in Chesapeake Bay. He was NJ University Professor and Senior
programmer analyst and adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology in Newark. He emerged as one of the world’s leading microbiologists
and an expert in developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment
Ingram, age 84. Died on April 12, 2004 from
unknown causes. Ingram was Director of the Supraregional Haemophilia Reference
Centre and the Supraregional Centre for the Diagnosis of Bleeding Disorders at
the St. Thomas Hospital in London. Although his age is most likely the reason
for his death, why wasn’t this confirmed by the family in the news media?
Mohammed Munim al-Izmerly, Died:
April 2004. This distinguished Iraqi chemistry professor
died in American custody from a sudden hit to the back of his head caused by
blunt trauma. It was uncertain exactly how he died, but someone had hit him from
behind, possibly with a bar or a pistol. His battered corpse turned up at
Baghdad’s morgue and the cause of death was initially recorded as “brainstem
compression”. It was discovered that US doctors had made a 20cm incision in his
Vadake Srinivasan, Died: March
13, 2004. Microbiologist crashed car into guard rail in Baton
Rouge, LA. Death was ruled a stroke. He was originally from India, was one
of the most-accomplished and respected industrial biologists in academia, and
held two doctorate degrees.
Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley, age 62. Died:
January 24, 2004. Died of massive heart attack. Ebola, Mad Cow
Expert, top of the line world class. It is interesting to note, he had a good
heart, but it “gave out”. Dr. Shope and Dr. Kiley were working on the lab
upgrade to BSL 4 at the UTMB Galvaston lab for Homeland Security. The lab would
have to be secure to house some of the deadliest pathogens of tropical and
emerging infectious disease as well as bioweaponized ones.
Robert Shope, age 74. Died: January
23, 2004. Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics, Dies died of lung
transplant complications. Later purported to have died of Idiopathic
Pulmonary Fibrosis which can be caused by either environmental stimulus or a
VIRUS. It would not be hard to administer a drug that would cause Dr.
Shope’s lung transplant to either be rejected or to cause complications from the
transplant. Dr. Shope led the group of scientists who had an 11 MILLION dollar
fed grant to ensure the new lab would keep in the nasty bugs. Dr. Shope also met
with and worked with Dr. Mike Kiley on the UTMB Galveston lab upgrade to BSL 4.
When the upgrade would be complete the lab will host the most hazardous
pathogens known to man especially tropical and emerging diseases as well as
Stevens, age 54. Died: January 6, 2004. He had
disappeared after arriving for work on 21 July, 2003. A doctor whose
disappearance sparked a national manhunt, killed himself because he could not
cope with the stress of a secret affair, a coroner has ruled. He was a
hematologist. (hematologists analyze the cellular composition of blood and blood
producing tissues e.g. bone marrow).
Robert Aranosia, age 61.
Died: December 18, 2003. While driving south on I-75 his pickup
truck went off the freeway near a bridge over the Kawkawlin River. The vehicle
rolled over several times before landing in the median. Aranosia was thrown from
the vehicle and ended up on the shoulder of the northbound lanes. He was the
Oakland County deputy medical examiner.
Robert Leslie Burghoff, age 45. Died:
November 20, 2003. Scientist. Killed by a hit and run driver that
jumped the curb and ploughed into him in the 1600 block of South Braeswood,
Texas. The driver was described as a short Hispanic man in his 50s with a
slightly rounded face. He was studying the virus plaguing cruise ships.
Michael Perich, age 46.
Died: October 11, 2003. Died in one-vehicle car accident.
The LSU West Nile research scientist was wearing his seat belt and drowned. He
was LSU professor who helped fight the spread of the West Nile virus. Perich,
who was known as one of the country’s experts on vector-borne diseases, had most
recently led a crusade to keep down the effects of West Nile virus and to get
many of the Louisiana’s parishes to work toward forming mosquito control
David Kelly, age 59.
Died: July 18, 2003. British biological weapons expert, was
said to have slashed his own wrists while walking near his home. Kelly was the
Ministry of Defense’s chief scientific officer and senior adviser to the
proliferation and arms control secretariat, and to the Foreign Office’s
non-proliferation department. The senior adviser on biological weapons to the UN
biological weapons inspections teams (Unscom) from 1994 to 1999, he was also, in
the opinion of his peers, pre-eminent in his field, not only in this country,
but in the world.
Dr. Leland Rickman, age 47.
Died: June 24, 2003. Rickman died while on a teaching assignment
in Lesotho, a small country bordered on all sides by South Africa. UC San Diego
expert on infectious diseases and, since September 11, 2001 a consultant on
bioterrorism. He had complained of a headache, but the cause of death was
not immediately known. The physician had been working in Lesotho with Dr. Chris
Mathews, director of the UC San Diego Medical Center’s Owen Clinic, teaching
African medical personnel about the prevention and treatment of AIDS. Rickman,
the incoming president of the Infectious Disease Assn. of California, was a
multidisciplinary professor and practitioner with expertise in infectious
diseases, internal medicine, epidemiology, microbiology and antibiotic
‘Dr. Roger’ Died: Summer
2003. ‘Roger’ was pseudonym for this genetics scientist. He was 17 and
lived in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 when the unexplained object crashed. He
told a woman he worked with in 1977 named ‘Kate’ while employed by the Navy, who
he helped to clean up the crash site of the 1947 UFO. He subsequently went to
work for the government at this young age and ended up a geneticist working in
China Lake for the Navy. Although he lived in fear and hiding soon after he told
his story to Kate, he retired in late 1990s or early 2000?s and she saw him
again once in early 2002 in San Diego. He told her she was in danger to talk to
him and he left the store. In 2003 she received a phone call from his ‘friend’
who said he had been executed in his retirement home in Connecticut. The body
had been removed by a black government looking vehicle. The home had been
cleaned up and the body removed without any public notices of his death or
existence. Many disfigured and abnormal animals were found in the desert near
Groom Lake during his time there and after. Kate thought he might have been
doing this gruesome experimental work.
Carlo Urbani, age 46. Died: in April
2003 in Bangkok from SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) –
the new disease that he had helped to identify. Thanks to his prompt action, the
epidemic was contained in Vietnam. However, because of close daily contact with
SARS patients, he contracted the infection. On March 11, he was admitted to a
hospital in Bangkok and isolated. Less than three weeks later he died. He was a
dedicated and internationally respected Italian epidemiologist, who did work of
enduring value combating infectious illness around the world.
Roman Kuzmin. Died December
2002. A 24-year-old Russian surgeon studying in Connecticut was
fatally struck by a car as he fled a store with three stolen rolls of film,
police said. He was studying to be an orthopedic surgeon. Doctors who worked
with Roman Kuzmin at Waterbury Hospital said they were stunned to hear of his
death Sunday evening and many couldn’t believe the circumstances. Kuzmin left
Vladivostok in September to study orthopedic surgical techniques at Waterbury
Hospital under a Keggi Othopedic Foundation program. Dr. Kristaps Keggi, who
organized the program, said Kuzmin was “very able, very bright – a superb
student and a superb individual.”
Dr. David R. Knibbs, age 49. Died: August
5, 2002. Respected pathobiologist specializing in electron
Steven Mostow, age 63. Died: March 25,
2002. One of the country’s leading infectious disease and
bioterrorism experts and was associate dean at the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center. He died in a plane crash near Centennial Airport. He was
known as “Dr. Flu” for his expertise in treating influenza, and expertise on
bioterrorism. Mostow was one of the country’s leading infectious disease
Dr. David Wynn-Williams, age 55.
Died: March 24, 2002. Hit by a car while jogging near his home in
Cambridge, England. He was an astrobiologist with the Antarctic Astrobiology
Project and the NASA Ames Research Center. He was studying the capability of
microbes to adapt to environmental extremes, including the bombardment of
ultraviolet rays and global warming.
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Tanya Holzmayer, age 46, Died:
February 28, 2002: Two dead microbiologists in San Francisco.
While taking delivery of a pizza, Tanya Holzmayer was shot and killed by a
colleague, Guyang “Mathew”
Huang, 38, who then apparently shot himself.
Holzmayer moved to the US from Russia in 1989. Her research focused on the part
of the human molecular structure that could be affected best by medicine.
Holzmayer was focusing on helping create new drugs that interfere with
replication of the virus that causes AIDS. One year earlier, Holzmayer obeyed
senior management orders to fire Huang. Huang appeared from behind the
deliveryman. He shot Holzmayer several times at close range in the chest and
head. As Holzmayer fell in her doorway, Huang ran to a Ford Explorer and drove
away. Less than an hour after the shooting, Huang called his wife, according to
Foster City Police Capt. Craig Courtin. He told her about the shooting and that
he was going to kill himself, then he hung up. Huang’s wife called the emergency
services and Foster City police used search dogs to comb the area. They ran into
a jogger who had seen Huang’s body lying off the walkway that locals call “The
Levee.” He had fired a single bullet into his head.
Dr. Ian Langford, age 40,
Died: February 12, 2002. Found dead at his blood-spattered and
apparently ransacked home A Russian who was a Senior Research Associate in
CSERGE, UK. He was a leading university research scientist working on
Global Environment, specializing in links between human health and the
environment risk, was. Specialist in leukemia and infections.
Dr. Vladamir ”Victor”
Korshunov, age 56. Died: February 9, 2002. Found dead on a Moscow
street. Head was bashed in. Korshunov was head of the microbiology
sub-facility at the Russian State Medical University. He was found dead in the
entrance to his home with a head injury. On Feb. 9 the Russian
newspaperPravda reported that Korshunov had probably invented a
vaccine protecting from any biological arm.
David W. Barry, age 58, Died: January 28,
2002. Scientist who co-discovered AZT, the antiviral drug that is
considered the first effective treatment for AIDS. Circumstance of Death are
Dr. Ivan Glebov. Died: January
2002. Russian Microbiologist. Glebov died as the result of a
bandit attack. Well known around the world and members of the Russian
Academy of Science.
Brushlinski. Died: January 2002. Russian
Microbiologist. Murdered in Moscow from bandit attack. Well known
around the world and members of the Russian Academy of Science.
Que, age 52. Found: November 12, 2001. Died: December 6,
2001. Found Comatose from what was called a mugging. Died later
in hospital. Found in the street near the laboratory where he worked at the
University of Miami Medical School. Among Dr. Que’s friends and family there is
firm belief that Dr. Que was attacked by four men, at least one of whom had a
baseball bat. Dr. Que’s death has now been officially ruled “natural”, caused by
cardiac arrest. He was a cell biologist, involved in research on aids, oncology
research in the hematology department.
Pasechnik, age 64. Died: December 23, 2001. Found
dead in Wiltshire, England, a village near his home. Two different dates have
been reported: November 21 and December 23. Death ruled stroke.
He had defected from Russia to UK. He had been the #1 scientist in
the FSU’s bioweapons program. It was thought he was involved with exhuming the
bodies of the 10 London victims of the 1919 Type A flu epidemic. Pasechnik died
six weeks after the planned exhumations were announced. On November 23,
2001, Pasechnik’s death was reported in the New York Times as having occurred
two days earlier. Pasechnik’s death was made in the United States by Dr.
Christopher Davis of Virginia, who stated that the cause of death was a stroke.
Dr. Davis was the member of British intelligence who de-briefed Dr. Pasechnik at
the time of his defection. Pasechnik was heavily involved in DNA
sequencing research. He had just founded a company like three other
microbiologists working to provide powerful alternatives to antibiotics.
Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik was the boss of William C. Patrick III who holds 5
patents on the militarized anthrax used by the United States. Patrick is
now a private biowarfare consultant to the military and CIA. Patrick developed
the process by which anthrax spores could be concentrated at the level of one
trillion spores per gram. No other country has been able to get concentrations
above 500 billion per gram. The anthrax that was sent around the eastern United
States last fall was concentrated at one trillion spores per gram.
Wiley, age 57. Vanished: December 16, 2001. Molecular
Biologist with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University, top Deadly
Contagious Virus expert, abandoned rental car was found on the Hernando de Soto
Bridge outside Memphis, TN. He was heavily involved in research on DNA
sequencing, and was last seen at around midnight on November 16, leaving the St.
Jude’s Children’s Research Advisory Dinner at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
Associates attending the dinner said he showed no signs of intoxication, and no
one has admitted to drinking with him. Body found floating one month
later. Workers at a hydroelectric plant in Louisiana found the body of Don
Wiley on Thursday, about 300 miles south of where the molecular biologist was
last seen on Nov. 18 at a medical meeting in Memphis. On January 14, 2002
(almost two months later) Shelby County Medical Examiner O.C. Smith announced
that his department had ruled Dr. Wiley’s death to be “accidental”; the result
of massive injuries suffered in a fall from the Hernando de Soto Bridge. Smith
said there were paint marks on Wiley’s rental car similar to the paint used on
construction signs on the bridge, and that the car’s right front hubcap was
missing. There has been no report as to which construction signs Dr. Wiley
Dr. Set Van
Nguyen, age 44. Died: December 14, 2001.
Found dead in the airlock entrance to the walk-in refrigerator in the laboratory
he worked at in Victoria State, Australia. The room was full of deadly gas which
had leaked from a liquid nitrogen cooling system. Room was vented.
Working on a vaccine to protect against biological weapons, or a weapon itself.
In January, 2001, the magazine Nature published
information that two scientists, Dr. Ron Jackson and Dr. Ian Ramshaw, using
genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing, had created an incredibly virulent form
of mousepox, a cousin of smallpox and Dr. Nguyen had worked for 15 years at the
same Australian facility. Now for the intriguing part of this story. On Friday,
November 2nd, the Washington Post reported: ”Officials are now scrambling
to determine how a quiet, 61-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, riding the subway
each day to and from her job in a hospital stockroom, was exposed to the deadly
anthrax spores that killed her this week. They worry because there is no obvious
connection to the factors common to earlier anthrax exposures and deaths: no
clear link to the mail or to the media.
Schwartz , age 57. Died: December 10, 2001.
Murdered by stabbing with what appeared to be a sword in rural home Loudon
County, Virginia. His daughter, who identifies herself as a pagan high
priestess, and three of her fellow pagans have been charged. He was extremely
well respected in biophysics, and regarded as an authority on DNA
sequencing. Three teens that were into the occult were charged with murder
in the slashing death.
24: Avishai Berkman, age
50. (no photo)
Eldor, age 59
Matzner, age 54
All Died: November 24, 2001. Another
airplane crash kills 3 scientists. At about the time of the Black Sea
crash, Israeli journalists had been sounding the alarm that two Israeli
microbiologists had been murdered, allegedly by terrorists; including the head
of the Hematology department at Israel’s Ichilov Hospital, as well as directors
of the Tel Aviv Public Health Department and Hebrew University School of
Medicine. World experts in hematology and blood clotting. Five
microbiologists in this list of the first eight people that died mysteriously in
airplane crashes worked on cutting edge microbiology research; and, four of the
five were doing virtually identical research; research that has global political
and financial significance.
Paris Wall, age 41. Died: November 6, 2001. Body
was found sprawled next to a three-story parking structure near his office. Mr.
Wall had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a
biomedical expert who held a medical degree, and he also specialized in patent
and intellectual property. #16-20
Microbiologists. Died: October 4,
2001. Four of Five unnamed microbiologists on a plane that was
brought down by a missile near the Black sea on the Russian border. Traveling
from Israel to Russia; business not disclosed. 3 scientists were experts in
medical research or public health. The plane is believed by many in Israel to
have had as many as four or five passengers who were microbiologists. Both
Israel and Novosibirsk are homes for cutting-edge microbiological research.
Novosibirsk is known as the scientific capital of Siberia. There are over 50
research facilities there, and 13 full universities for a population of only 2.5
Professor Janusz Jeljaszewicz, Died: on
May 7, 2001, cause not disclosed. He was an expert in Staphylococci and
Staphylococcal Infections. His main scientific interests and achievements were
in the mechanism of action and biological properties of staphylococcal toxins,
and included the immunomodulatory properties and experimental treatment of
tumors by Propionibacterium.
Linda Reese, age 52. Died: December
25, 2000 three days after she studied a sample from Tricia Zailo,
19, a Fairfield, N.J., resident who was a sophomore at Michigan State
University. Tricia Zailo died Dec. 18, a few days after she returned home for
the holidays. Dr. Reese was a Microbiologist working with victims of
Mike Thomas, age 35. Died: July 16,
2000 a few days after examining a sample taken from a 12-year-old
girl who was diagnosed with meningitis and survived. He was a microbiologist at
the Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville.
Walter W. Shervington, M.D., age 62.
Died: April 15, 2000 of cancer at Tulane Medical Hospital. He was
an extensive writer/ lecturer/ researcher about mental health and AIDS in the
African American community.
Mann, age 51. Died September 1998, in Swissair Flight
111 over Canada. He was founding director of the World Health Organization’s
global Aids program and founded Project SIDA in Zaire, the most comprehensive
Aids research effort in Africa at the time, and in 1986 he joined the WHO to
lead the global response against Aids. He became director of WHO’s global
program on Aids which later became the UNAids program. He then became director
of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, which was set
up at Harvard School of Public Health in 1993. He caused controversy earlier in
1998 in the media when he accused the US National Institutes of Health of
violating human rights by failing to act quickly on developing Aids
Elizabeth A. Rich,
M.D., age 46. Died July 10, 1998, in a traffic
accident while visiting family in Tennessee. She was an associate professor with
tenure in the pulmonary division of the Department of Medicine at CWRU and
University Hospitals of Cleveland. She was also a member of the executive
committee for the Center for AIDS Research and directed the Bio-safety level 3
facility, a specialized laboratory for the handling of HIV, virulent TB
bacteria, and other infectious agents. .
Died 1994 – 1996
Harshman, age 67. Died: Dec. 25, 1997, from
complications of diabetes. He was a professor of microbiology and immunology. He
was the world’s leading expert on staphylococcal alpha toxins.
Purdey, his Lawyer, and Veterinarian working with Purdey
Die: CJD doctor Mark Purdey was familiar with the expression
“abnormal brain protein.” Purdey’s house was burned down, his lawyer on mad cow
issues was driven off the road and died and the veterinarian in the UK BSE
inquiry also died in a mysterious car crash. CJD specialist Dr C. Bruton was
killed in a car crash just before he went public with a new research paper. The
veterinarian on the case also died in a car crash. Purdey’s new lawyer, too, had
a car accident, but not fatal. Before Dr. Purdey’s death, he speculated that Dr.
C. Bruton (#2 below) might have known more than what was revealed in his paper
before he was killed.
Saitoh, age 46. Died: May 7,
1996. Shot and killed, along with his young daughter, in
LaJolla, California. He was dead behind the wheel of the car, the side window
had been shot out, and the door was open. His daughter appeared to have tried to
run away and she was shot dead, also. The hit was compared to other killings of
Japanese in this country by muggers. Expert in abnormal proteins in
Dr. Jawad Al
Aubaidi. Died in 1994. A graduate doctor from
Cornel, he was hired to head the mycoplasma biowar research project. One of Dr.
Aubaidi’s projects was filling payloads of scud missles with mycoplasma strains.
In 1995, Dr. Aubaidi was murdered by the Israelis Mussad. His demise, or,
neutralization was made to look like an accident. He was killed in his native
Iraq while he was changing a flat tire and was hit by a truck.
Bruton, a CJD specialist — who had just produced a paper on the a new
strain of CJD — was killed in a car crash before his work was announced to the
public. Purdey speculates that Bruton might have known more than what was
revealed in his paper.
Trias, Died: May 19, 1994. Trias
and his wife were murdered in their Chevy Chase, Maryland home. They met with a
friend of theirs, a journalist, before the day of their murder and told him of
their plan to expose HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) funding of “special
ops” research. Grant money that goes to HHMI is actually diverted to special
black ops research projects.