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26 February 2015

In Memorium: Collegium Ramazzini Emeritus Fellow and Past President Arthur C. Upton (1923-2015)

Emeritus Fellow and Past President of the Collegium Ramazzini Dr. Arthur Canfield Upton passed away on 14 February 2015. Dr. Upton was internationally recognized for his research on the health effects of ionizing radiation and other hazardous environmental agents. Born on February 27, 1923, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he spent his childhood, he graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and, subsequently, from the University of Michigan, from which he received both the bachelor's and medical degrees (1944 and 1946 respectively).

Following his internship in medicine and residency in pathology at the University of Michigan, he entered the field of experimental pathology, serving successively as Chief of the Pathology-Physiology Section of the Biology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1954-1969), Professor of Pathology, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1969-1977), Dean, School of Basic Health Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1970-1975), Director, National Cancer Institute (1977-1980), Professor of Environmental Medicine and Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine (1980-1992), Clinical Professor of Pathology and Radiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1992-1995), and Clinical Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- Robert wood Johnson Medical school (1995-).

In the course of his career, Dr. Upton published nearly 400 articles, books, and technical reports on the health effects of ionizing radiation and other hazardous environmental agents, and he held leadership positions on the principal national and international professional organizations concerned with the prevention and medical management of such effects, serving as President of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Experimental Pathology, the Radiation Research Society, and the International Association for Radiation Research. He was a founding member of the Collegium Ramazzini and served as its President from 1992-2002.

In recognition of his contributions, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and received many other honors, including the E.O. Lawrence Award, the Lovelace Medical Foundation Award for Excellence in Environmental Research, Honorary Membership in the Peruvian Oncology Society, the Japanese Cancer Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Registry of Pathology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis

Dr. Upton is survived by his wife, three children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.




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