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AAAS Member Douglas Radford Shanklin Dead at 83

AAAS member Douglas Radford Shanklin, A.B., M.D., F.R.S.M. passed way suddenly from cancer on November 12, 2013, in Washington D.C. He was 83.

on November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
on November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
on November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Shanklin pursued a mainly academic career after his internship/residency/fellowship (all at Duke University), and completion of his military obligation as a physician.

The medical students at the University of Florida honored him as Best Basic Science Teacher, and he quickly rose through academia to become a tenured full professor at the University of Chicago by the age of 36. He won the Physician's Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education nine times throughout his career.  He was again honored in 2002 by the graduate students of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis with the SGAEC Excellence in Teaching Award. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London in 1981, correspondent in both pathology and obstetrics, and was elected to the Cosmos Club in Washington DC in 1987. In February 2010 he was the recipient of the first Enid Gilbert Barness award in Pediatric Pathology for the paper: "Cerebropulmonary Dysgenetic Syndrome", Exper.Molec.Pathol; 85:112-116, 2008 written with two of his residents at UT.

The University of Tennessee named the Fellowship in Developmental and Pediatric Pathology after him and achieved Professor Emeritus at UT as well. Upon retiring from the University of Tennessee, he returned to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he picked up in a major way his long-term affiliation with The Marine Biological Laboratory, from which institution he published several major research papers including one in 2012.

His last public lecture, "How Pathology Informs Biology and Vice Versa" was delivered in August of this year.

His wife, Virginia McClure Shanklin, and three of their five children survive him: Elizabeth Shanklin, John Carter Shanklin, and Eleanor Shanklin Trues, as well as three grandchildren, Laura, Robert and Johnathan Truex. -- By the Shanklin family