VOLUME 31, NUMBER 17 THURSDAY, January 27, 2000

send this article to a friend Gerald Murphy, former RPCI director, UB professor

Gerald P. Murphy, director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 1970-85 and a former UB faculty member, died Friday in Tel Aviv while attending an International Union Against Cancer meeting. He was 65.

Murphy joined RPCI in 1967 as associate director for clinical affairs and chief of the Urology and Experimental Surgery departments. He established and directed a kidney transplantation unit at RPCI-Western New York's first-and expanded the institute's dialysis unit for treatment of cancer patients with kidney disease. He also worked with RPCI colleague Edwin A. Mirand on early studies of erythropoietin, now widely used in clinical treatment.

Murphy was responsible for the House Subcommittee on Health holding a public hearing at RPCI in 1970 on proposed federal legislation to combat cancer. Testimony and information obtained by the subcommittee during this visit was instrumental in the creation of the National Cancer Act in 1971.

Murphy held several faculty positions until he left UB in 1988, including professor of surgery, research professor of experimental pathology and professor of urology and director of the university's Urologic Cancer Research Laboratory. At the time of his death, he was director of the Northwest Cancer Foundation in Seattle.

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