Victor A. McKusick dies

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Victor Almon McKusick, M.D., “Father of medical genetics,” died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at home of complications due to cancer. He was 86 (1921-2008). McKusick was known by scholars of genetics all over the world for his pioneering pursuit of the links between inheritance and disease

McKusick was bestowed with scores of national and international prizes, honorary doctorates and accolades during a professional career spanning more than 60 years spent entirely at Johns Hopkins. In 1997 he received Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science, in 2001 the National Medal of Science, and in 2008 the Japan Price in Medical Genomics and Genetics. He was the founding president of the Human Genome Organization and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was one of the two distinguished Johns Hopkins geneticists for whom the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine was named.

For more about the achievements of Victor Almon McKusick, read the media release by Johns Hopkins Medicine, July 23, 2008. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2008/07_23_08.html