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Charles Gordon Zubrod, M.D.
Jan. 19, 1999 

Dr. Charles Gordon Zubrod, a pioneer in the use of chemotherapy to treat cancer, died Jan. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., of respiratory failure, at 84.  

Dr. Zubrod, who received his degree in 1940 from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, continued his professional training at several hospitals in New York City in the early 1940s. A member of the Army Medical Corps during World War II, he was involved in research to find a substitute for quinine as a cure for malaria.  

In 1946, he joined the staff of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Md., and, in 1953, he became an associate professor and director of research in the department of medicine at St. Louis (Mo.) University.  

Dr. Zubrod was named the clinical director of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., in 1954; he served as scientific director of the National Cancer Institute from 1961 until 1974. During this time, he led a team of scientists investigating the use of drugs to treat cancer, in particular acute leukemia in children. 

In 1974, Dr. Zubrod became a professor of oncology and department chair at the University of Miami School of Medicine and director of the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Center. He retired in 1990. 

In recognition of his work in cancer research, Dr. Zubrod received the Lasker Award in 1972. He also was the recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree at Holy Cross in 1969.  

Dr. Zubrod is survived by three sons; two daughters; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

 

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