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Honoring life of E. Donnall Thomas Nov. 3

All are invited to attend a celebration of thanks for the life of E. Donnall Thomas, the 'father of bone marrow transplantation,' on Saturday, Nov. 3, 4-7 p.m. in the Thomas Building

Oct. 29, 2012
Dr. E. Donnall Thomas

Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, 1920-2012

Photo by Susie Fitzhugh

All are invited to attend a celebration of thanks for the life of Dr. E. Donnall Thomas on Saturday, Nov. 3, 4-7 p.m. in the Thomas Building.

Thomas, a founding faculty member who helped bring Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to global prominence with his Nobel Prize-winning development of bone marrow transplantation to cure leukemias and other blood cancers, died Oct. 20. He was 92.

The evening will begin with an hour set aside for mingling followed by speeches, reminiscences and a video tribute. You may drop in and attend part if not all of the program.

Program schedule

  • 5 p.m. — Welcome by Dr. Fred Appelbaum; remarks by Dr. George McDonald
  • 6 p.m. — Shared reminiscences led by McDonald
  • 6:45 p.m. — Video tribute

"To the world, Don Thomas will forever be known as the father of bone marrow transplantation, but to his colleagues at Fred Hutch he will be remembered as a friend, colleague, mentor and pioneer," said Dr. Larry Corey, president and director.

RSVP requested

If you will be attending this event honoring Dr. Thomas, please send an RSVP to Tanya Chiatovich at If you do not RSVP, you are still welcome to attend, but your response will assist the planning process.


All Fred Hutch faculty and staff are asked to use the Center's underground parking in order to leave room for guests in the open air lots.


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