In Memoriam

Please celebrate the lives and accomplishments of our distinguished members. The obituaries are posted alphabetically and can be found within the tabs below.


B. Kenneth Koe, 1925 - 2015 (PDF 299Kb)

Dr. Koe worked with Albert Weissman in the 1960s, publishing two of the most seminal discoveries in the formative years of neuropharmacology. First, they developed alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine, a drug that inhibits brain catecholamine synthesis, and used it to show how amphetamine produced its psychostimulant effects by facilitating the release of catecholamines in the brain. The following year, Ken’s group introduced para-chlorophenylalanine as an inhibitor of serotonin synthesis and showed how it could be used to deplete selectively serotonin in brain. These two drugs have been used by dozens of neuropharmacology laboratories for understanding the critical role of biogenic amines in psychopharmacology and behavioral health.

Albert Sjoerdsma, 1924 - 2014 (PDF 174Kb)

Dr. Sjoerdsma’s pioneering work with biogenic amines, initially in collaboration with the laboratories of Dr. Sidney Udenfriend, led to the elucidation of serotonin’s metabolic degradation to 5-HIAA, discovery of the malignant carcinoid syndrome, elaboration of the clinical and biochemical manifestations of pheochromocytoma, and identification of the mechanism of action of monoamine oxidase inhibitors in humans.

Ellen Stover, 1950-2014 (PDF 95Kb)

It is unusual for an obituary to be written by more than one author, much less three. The fact that the three of us wished to honor and celebrate Ellen Stover in the ACNP journal is a testimony to the impact she has had on the field. Ellen personified the consummate NIH program officer. She tirelessly served her constituency—those whose grants were in “her” portfolio and advocated for them with NIMH leadership.

Merton Sandler, 1926-2014 (PDF 97Kb)

Prof. Merton Sandler, Fellow Emeritus of the ACNP, was one of the great founders of the field of Biochemical Psychopharmacology. As he noticed in an interview with Prof. D. Healy “I didn't even realize I was a psychopharmacologist until many years after I had become one”.

Nancy Kishlar Mello, 1935-2014 (PDF 169Kb)

On November 25, 2013, the neuroscience community lost a wonderful friend and colleague when Dr. Nancy Kishlar Mello died. On both personal and professional levels, Nancy enriched our lives and contributed directly and indirectly to our careers.

Harry L. June, 1957-2014 (PDF 75Kb)

Dr. Harry L. June, a Member of the College since 2004, succumbed to cancer on June 7, 2014. A native of South Carolina, Dr. June received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1990 under Dr. Michael Lewis. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in human psychopharmacology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. June held a dual appointment as assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Medical Neurobiology Program at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Turan M. Itil, 1924-2014 (PDF 35Kb)

Turan Itil was born in Bursa, Turkey on August 12, 1924. He received the M.D. degree from Istanbul University in 1948 and moved to the University of Tübingen in Germany for training in neurology. In 1953 he joined the faculty at the University of Erlangen with EEG and psychopharmacology the center of his research. After a decade in St. Louis, he moved to New York Medical College and established the HZI Research Center Laboratory in Tarrytown New York.

Daniel W. Hommer, 1950-2014 (PDF 191Kb)

Dr. Daniel Hammer, 64, chief of NIAAA's section on brain electrophysiology and imaging, died on Jan. 2. He had served as head of the section since 1992, his second tenure working at NIH. Hammer was born in Easton, Pa., and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

George Bartzokis, 1956-2014 (PDF 91Kb)

Dr. George Bartzokis, a neuroscientist who originated the theory that the degeneration of the brain’s myelin contributed to many developmental and degenerative diseases, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, died of pancreatic cancer on August 22. He was 58.

Enoch Callaway, 1924-2014 (PDF 87Kb)

On Friday, August 15, 2014, Enoch Callaway III or "Noch" as his many friends and colleagues called him, passed away peacefully with his family present at his tranquil hilltop home in Tiburon California. Noch was a Founding Member of the ACNP and so much more.

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