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In memoriam

Professor Sir John Crofton (1912-2009), aged 97, died on November 3.  Sir John was a strong force in public health and medicine worldwide.  Sir John has worked with medical and scientific bodies and had a very long professional collaboration with the late Professor Sir Richard Doll.  Sir John’s long career spans many medical and public health topics in developed and developing countries including his pioneering treatment for tuberculosis and his development of the “Edinburgh method” of treating TB, other respiratory diseases, and in tobacco control.
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Michael Russell (1932-2009), died on July 16, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. By the 1960s evidence of the danger of cigarette smoking was clear, but there was little understanding of why people smoked. Michael Russell was one of the pioneers who did most to revolutionize our understanding, whose work eventually brought recognition that cigarette smoking is a classic drug dependence behaviour, underlaid by nicotine addiction.
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Ronald Davis (1956-2008), aged 52, passed away November 6, 2008 after a courageous 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ron graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago, where he also received a Master of Arts in Public Policy Studies. He trained at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and served as the first Director of the Office on Smoking and Health. He later served as Editor of Tobacco Control, and was chair of the editorial board.
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Murray Jarvik (1923-2008), died on May 8, 2008 at his home in Santa Monica, California. Murray was a pioneer in nicotine dependence research and one of the founding members of SRNT. Although Murray was well known to many members of SRNT, some members may know only of Murray Jarvik as a name attached to SRNT's Young Investigator Award. The history of the man behind the name is a story of great personal and scientific achievement.
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Ove Fernö (1916-2007), the inventor of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), died at the age of 91 years in October 2007 in Helsingborg, Sweden. He was born in Gothenburg in 1916 and was trained as an organic chemist at the University of Lund, Sweden. During the late 1960s and 70s he was responsible for the development of the first NRT product – a chewing gum.
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John Slade (1949-2002), died in July 2002 at the age of 52. John was a physician, professor, researcher, and internationally acclaimed health activitist whose work continues to be responsible for saving thousands of lives from addictions, especially to tobacco. He was an expert on the treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug addiction, and one of America’s pioneer advocates for tobacco control. His work led to the formation of the Tobacco Dependence Program at UMDNJ- School of Public Health (New Jersey).
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