It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague, John Baxter, MD, passed away on October 5th. Prior to his move to Methodist Hospital in Houston, John had been a member of the UCSF faculty for more than 30 years. He was the former Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Director of the Metabolic Research Unit, the forerunner of the present Diabetes Center.
Among his most recognized achievements are the first cloning of several genes, including the growth hormone gene, and bacterial synthesis of several hormones, including human growth hormone. He received numerous academic honors throughout his career and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He served with distinction as President of the Endocrine Society and received that organization’s highest honor, the Koch Award. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife and daughters.