Dear  Colleagues,   It  is  with  great  sadness  that  I  write  to  inform  you  that  Leonard   Herzenberg,  PhD,  emeritus  professor - PDF Document

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  1. Dear  Colleagues,   It  is  with  great  sadness  that  I  write  to  inform  you  that  Leonard   Herzenberg,  PhD,  emeritus  professor  of  genetics  at  the  School  of   Medicine,  died  yesterday  morning,  October  27,  at  Stanford  Hospital.   His  wife,  Leonore  (Lee),  and  their  dog,  Gigi,  were  by  his  side.  He  had   been  hospitalized  following  a  severe  stroke  on  October  8.   Len,  81,  was  a  member  of  the  Stanford  Medicine  community  for  more   than  50  years.  He  was  a  kind,  thoughtful  and  just  person  eager  to   share  scientific  discoveries  and  opportunities  not  only  with  friends  and   colleagues,  but  also  with  disadvantaged  youth  in  our  local  community.   He  will  be  greatly  missed.   Len  was  honored  with  the  Kyoto  Prize  in  2006  for  his  role  in  the   development  of  the  first  fluorescence-­‐activated  cell  sorter,  or  FACS,   during  the  late  1960s  and  early  1970s.  The  technology  made  possible   the  birth  of  modern  immunology,  stem  cell  research  and  proteomics,   and  significantly  advanced  the  clinical  care  of  people  with  diseases   such  as  cancer  and  HIV  infection.  In  addition  to  the  Kyoto  Prize,  he   also  received  the  prestigious  Novartis  Prize  in  Immunology  in  2004.   Len  and  Lee,  a  professor  of  genetics  at  the  School  of  Medicine,  have   collaborated  since  Len  entered  graduate  school  at  the  California   Institute  of  Technology  in  1952.  After  completing  a  postdoctoral   fellowship  with  Nobel  laureate  Jacques  Monod  at  the  Pasteur  Institute   in  Paris,  Len  served  as  a  public  health  service  officer  at  the  National   Institutes  of  Health,  in  the  laboratory  of  eminent  pathologist  and   mammalian  cell  biologist  Harry  Eagle,  from  1957  until  1959,  when  he   was  recruited  to  Stanford.   Len’s  scientific  accomplishments  are  prodigious.  But  it  was  his   commitment  to  helping  others  that  will  be  his  enduring  legacy.   Together  Len  and  Lee  worked  to  bring  local  high  school  students  from   East  Palo  Alto  to  the  Stanford  campus  to  learn  about  medicine  and  

  2. biology.   In  keeping  with  his  nature,  Len  donated  the  monetary  award  that   accompanies  the  Kyoto  Prize  to  A  Better  World  Fund,  a  nonprofit   endowment  that  supports  charities  around  the  world  working  to   improve  health,  human  rights  and  education.  Please  join  with  me  in   offering  sincerest  condolences  to  Lee  and  their  children  Berri,  Jana,   Michael  and  Eric,  as  well  as  to  the  members  of  the  Herzenberg   laboratories  and  to  all  whose  lives  and  careers  were  touched  by  Len’s   generosity  and  influence.   Plans  for  a  memorial  service  will  be  announced  at  a  later  date. Sincerely, Lloyd  Minor   Lloyd  B.  Minor,  MD  Carl  and  Elizabeth  Naumann  Dean  of  the  School  of   Medicine  Professor  of  Otolaryngology—Head  &  Neck  Surgery  Professor  of   Bioengineering  and  of  Neurobiology,  by  courtesy  291  Campus  Drive,  Room   LK3C02  Stanford,  CA  94305-­‐5101  T:  650-­‐724-­‐5688  F:  650-­‐725-­‐ 7368