Lloyd J. Old (1933–2011)

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Science  06 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6064, pp. 49
DOI: 10.1126/science.1217940

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In 1958, Lloyd Old drove into New York in a red Corvette, which was a gift from his parents for having graduated at the top of his medical school class. He had completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and made a crucial decision to pursue a research fellowship at the Sloan-Kettering Institute rather than further medical training. He was optimistic about science and especially tumor immunology, a field that was in its infancy. For the next 50 years, Lloyd grew this field into one with substantial evidence, helping to propel it into the realm of standard treatment for cancer patients. On 28 November, he died in his home in New York from prostate cancer.