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Memorial held for cancer researcher Tamara Salisbury

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A public memorial service for Tamara P. Salisbury will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 7, 2013 at Christ Church in Georgetown, Washington, DC.  It will be presided by the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy.  Salisbury was a renowned research chemist who co-founded the National Foundation for Cancer Research with Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi and her husband, Mr. Franklin C. Salisbury, Sr. in 1973.

The foundation was born of a $25 donation from Mr. and Mrs. Salisbury and now the organization has more than $315 million used to fund “translational and basic science cancer research.”  Their research is said to have led to a lot of the current cancer treatments for patients thus effecting millions of people across the globe.  Salisbury died of a heart attack at Sibley Hospital in on November 12 at the age of 85.

Born in New York in 1928, Tamara (Voloshin) Salisbury graduated from the College of Notre Dame in 948.  She is survived by her two sons, Franklin Salisbury, Jr., and John Salisbury; her three daughters, Elizabeth Cameron, Elaine Salisbury, and Claire DeHart; and her two grandchildren, F. Cary Salisbury III and Airlie Cameron.

Tamara Salisbury was decorated in Belgium with the Order of Leopold II for her work promoting public support for cancer research.  In the US she was decorated by the U.S. House of Representatives honoring the Foundation’s research towards curing cancer.  Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

(Image courtesy of The National Foundation for Cancer Research)

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