#92 Stephen Lagakos, 63. Died October 12 in an auto collision, wife,
Regina, 61, and his mother, Helen, 94, were also killed in the crash, as
was the driver of the other car, Stephen Krause, 52, of Keene, N.H.
Lagakos centered his efforts on several fronts in the fight against AIDS
particularly how and when HIV-infected women transmitted the virus to
their children. In addition, he developed sophisticated methods to
improve the accuracy of estimated HIV incidence rates. He also
contributed to broadening access to antiretroviral drugs to people in
#91 Malcolm Casadaban, 60. Died Sept. 13 of plague. Casadaban, a
renowned molecular geneticist with a passion for new research, had been
working to develop an even stronger vaccine for the plague. The medical
center says the plague bacteria he worked with was a weakened strain
that isn't known to cause illness in healthy adults. The strain was
approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for
#90 Wallace L. Pannier, 81. Died Aug. 6 of respiratory failure and other
natural causes. Pannier, a germ warfare scientist whose top-secret
projects included a mock attack on the New York subway with powdered
bacteria in 1966. Mr. Pannier worked at Fort Detrick, a US Army
installation in Frederick that tested biological weapons during the Cold
War and is now a center for biodefense research. He worked in the
Special Operations Division, a secretive unit operating there from 1949
to 1969, according to family members and published reports. The unit
developed and tested delivery systems for deadly agents such as anthrax
#89 August "Gus" Watanabe, 67. Died June 9, found dead outside a cabin
in Brown County. Friends discovered the body, a .38-caliber handgun and
a three-page note at the scene. They said he had been depressed
following the death last month of his daughter Nan Reiko Watanabe Lewis.
She died at age 44 while recovering from elective surgery. Watanabe was
one of the five highest-paid officers of Indianapolis pharmaceutical
maker Eli Lilly and Co. when he retired in 2003.
#88 Caroline Coffey, 28. Died June 3, from massive cuts to her throat.
Hikers found the body of the Cornell Univ. post-doctoral bio-medicine
researcher along a wooded trail in the park, just outside Ithaca, N.Y.,
where the Ivy League school is located. Her husband was hospitalized
under guard after a police chase and their apartment set on fire.
#87 Nasser Talebzadeh Ordoubadi, 53. Died February 14, of "suspicious"
causes. Dr. Noah (formerly Nasser Talebzadeh Ordoubadi) is described in
his American biography as a pioneer of Mind-Body-Quantum medicine who
lectured in five countries and ran a successful health care center
General Medical Clinics Inc. in King County, Washington for 15 years
after suffering a heart attack in 1989. Among his notable
accomplishments was discovering an antitoxin treatment for bioweapons.
#86 Bruce Edwards Ivins, 62. Died July 29, of an overdose. He committed
suicide prior to formal charges being filed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation for an alleged criminal connection to the 2001 anthrax
attacks. Ivins was likely solely responsible for the deaths of five
persons, and the injury of dozens of others, resulting from the mailings
of several anonymous letters to members of Congress and members of the
media in September and October, 2001, which letters contained Bacillus
anthracis, commonly referred to as anthrax. Ivins was a coinventor on
two US patents for anthrax vaccine technology.
#84 & 85 Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23. Died July 3, after
being bound, gagged, stabbed and set alight. Laurent, a student in the
proteins that cause infectious disease, had been stabbed 196 times with
half of them being administered to his back after he was dead. Gabriel,
who hoped to become an expert in ecofriendly fuels, suffered 47 separate
#83: Yongsheng Li, age 29. Died: sometime after 4 p.m. on March 10, when
he was last seen as a result of unknown causes. He was found in a pond
between the Women's Sports Complex and State Botanical Gardens on South Milledge Avenue Sunday and had been missing 16 days. Li was a doctoral
student from China who studied receptor cells in Regents Professor David
Puett's biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory.
#82: Dr. Mario Alberto Vargas Olvera, age 52. Died: Oct. 6, 2007 as a
result of several blunt-force injuries to his head and neck. Ruled as
murder. Found in his home. He was a nationally and internationally
#81: Yoram Kaufman, age 57 (one day before his 58th birthday). Died: May
31, 2006 when he was struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle
near the Goddard center's campus in Greenbelt. Dr. Kaufman began working
at the space flight center in 1979 and spent his entire career there as
a research scientist. His primary fields were meteorology and climate
change, with a specialty in analyzing aerosols -- airborne solid and
liquid particles in the atmosphere. In recent years, he was senior
atmospheric scientist in the Earth-Sun Exploration Division and played a
key role in the development of NASA's Terra satellite, which collects
data about the atmosphere.
#80: Lee Jong-woo, age 61. Died: May 22, 2006 after suffering a blood
clot on the brain. Lee was spearheading the organization's fight against
global threats from bird flu, AIDS and other infectious diseases. WHO
director-general since 2003, Lee was his country's top international
official. The affable South Korean, who liked to lighten his press
conferences with jokes, was a keen sportsman with no history of
ill-health, according to officials.
#79: Leonid Strachunsky. Died: June 8, 2005 after being hit on the head
with a champagne bottle. Strachunsky specialized in creating microbes
resistant to biological weapons. Strachunsky was found dead in his hotel
room in Moscow, where hed come from Smolensk en route to the United
States. Investigators are looking for a connection between the murder of
this leading bio weapons researcher and the hepatitis outbreak in Tver,
#78: Robert J. Lull, age 66. Died: May 19, 2005 of multiple stab wounds.
Despite his missing car and apparent credit card theft, homicide
Inspector Holly Pera said investigators aren't convinced that robbery
was the sole motive for Lull's killing. She said a robber would
typically have taken more valuables from Lull's home than what the
killer left with. Lull had been chief of nuclear medicine at San
Francisco General Hospital since 1990 and served as a radiology
professor at UCSF. He was past president of the American College of
Nuclear Physicians and the San Francisco Medical Society and served as
editor of the medical society's journal, San Francisco Medicine, from
1997 to 1999. Lee Lull said her former husband was a proponent of
nuclear power and loved to debate his political positions with others.
#77: Todd Kauppila, age 41. Died: May 8, 2005 of hemorrhagic
pancreatitis at the Los Alamos hospital, according to the state medical
examiner's office. Picture of him was not available to due secret nature
of his work. This is his funeral picture. His death came two days after
Kauppila publicly rejoiced over news that the lab's director was
Kauppila was fired by director Pete Nanos on Sept. 23, 2004
following a security scandal. Kauppila said he was fired because he did
not immediately return from a family vacation during a lab investigation
into two classified computer disks that were thought to be missing. The
apparent security breach forced Nanos to shut down the lab for several
weeks. Kauppila claimed he was made a scapegoat over the disks, which
investigators concluded never existed. The mistake was blamed on a
clerical error. After he was fired, Kauppila accepted a job as a
contractor at Bechtel Nevada Corp., a research company that works with
Los Alamos and other national laboratories.
He was also working on a new
Scatter Reduction Grids in Megavolt Radiography focused on metal plates
or crossed grids to act to stop the scattered radiation while allowing
the unscattered or direct rays to pass through with other scientists:
Scott Watson (LANL, DX-3), Chuck Lebeda (LANL, XTA), Alan Tubb (LANL,
DX-8), and Mike Appleby (Tecomet Thermo Electron Corp.)
#76: David Banks, age 55. Died: May 8, 2005. Banks, based in North
Queensland, died in an airplane crash, along with 14 others. He was
known as an Agro Genius inventing the mosquito trap used for cattle.
Banks was the principal scientist with quarantine authority, Biosecurity
Australia, and heavily involved in protecting Australians from unwanted
diseases and pests. Most of Dr Banks' work involved preventing
potentially devastating diseases making their way into Australia. He had
been through Indonesia looking at the potential for foot and mouth
disease to spread through the archipelago and into Australia. Other
diseases he had fought to keep out of Australian livestock herds and
fruit orchards include classical swine fever, Nipah virus and Japanese
#75: Dr. Douglas James Passaro, age 43. Died April 18, 2005 from unknown
cause in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Passaro was a brilliant epidemiologist
who wanted to unlock the secrets of a spiral-shaped bacteria that causes
stomach disease. He was a professor who challenged his students with
real-life exercises in bioterrorism. He was married to Dr. Sherry
#74: Geetha Angara, age 43. Died: February 8, 2005. This formerly
missing chemist was found in a Totowa, New Jersey water treatment
plant's tank. Angara, 43, of Holmdel, was last seen on the night of Feb.
8 doing water quality tests at the Passaic Valley Water Commission plant
in Totowa, where she worked for 12 years. Divers found her body in a
35-foot-deep sump opening at the bottom of one of the emptied tanks.
Investigators are treating Angara's death as a possible homicide.
Angara, a senior chemist with a doctorate from New York University, was
married and mother of three.
#73: Jeong H. Im, age 72. Died: January 7, 2005. Korean Jeong H. Im,
died of multiple stab wounds to the chest before firefighters found in
his body in the trunk of a burning car on the third level of the
Maryland Avenue Garage. A retired research assistant professor at the
University of Missouri - Columbia and primarily a protein chemist, MUPD
with the assistance of the Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire
Department are conducting a death investigation of the incident. A
"person of interest" described as a male 6'–6'2" wearing some type of
mask possible a painters mask or drywall type mask was seen in the area
of the Maryland Avenue Garage. Dr. Im was primarily a protein chemist
and he was a researcher in the field.
Died in 2004
#72: Darwin Kenneth Vest, born April 22, 1951, was an internationally
renowned entomologist, expert on hobo spiders and other poisonous
spiders and snakes. Darwin disappeared in the early morning hours of
June 3, 1999 while walking in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho (USA). The
family believes foul play was involved in his disappearance. A
celebration of Darwin's life was held in Idaho Falls and Moscow on the
one-year anniversary of his disappearance. The services included
displays of Darwin's work and thank you letters from school children and
teachers. Memories of Darwin were shared by at least a dozen speakers
from around the world and concluded with the placing of roses and a
memorial wreath in the Snake River. A candlelight vigil was also held
that evening on the banks of the Snake River.
Darwin was declared legally dead the first week of March 2004 and now
the family is in the process of obtaining restraining orders against
several companies who saw fit to use his name and photos without
permission. His brother David is legal conservator of the estate and his
sister Rebecca is handling issues related to Eagle Rock Research and
ongoing research projects.
Media help in locating Darwin is welcome. Continuing efforts to solve
this mystery include recent DNA sampling. Stories about his
disappearance continue to appear throughout the world. Issues
surrounding missing adult investigations have received new attention
following the tragedies of 911.
#s70-71: Tom Thorne, age 64; Beth Williams, age 53; Died: December 29,
2004. Two wild life scientists, Husband-and-wife wildlife veterinarians
who were nationally prominent experts on chronic wasting disease and
brucellosis were killed in a snowy-weather crash on U.S. 287 in northern
#69: Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher. Died: December 21, 2004. Iraqi nuclear
scientist was shot dead north of Baghdad by unknown gunmen. He was on
his way to work at Diyala University when armed men opened fire on his
car as it was crossing a bridge in Baqouba, 57 km northeast of Baghdad.
The vehicle swerved off the bridge and fell into the Khrisan river. Al-Daher,
who was a professor at the local university, was removed from the
submerged car and rushed to Baqouba hospital where he was pronounced
#68: John R. La Montagne, age 61. Died: November 2, 2004. Died while in
Mexico, no cause stated, later disclosed as pulmonary embolism. PhD,
Head of US Infectious Diseases unit under Tommie Thompson. Was NIAID
Deputy Director. Expert in AIDS Program work and Microbiology and
#67: Matthew Allison, age 32. Died: October 13, 2004. Fatal explosion of
a car parked at an Osceola County, Fla., Wal-Mart store. It was no
accident, Local 6 News has learned. Found inside a burned car. Witnesses
said the man left the store at about 11 p.m. and entered his Ford Taurus
car when it exploded. Investigators said they found a Duraflame log and
propane canisters on the front passenger's seat. Allison had a college
degree in molecular biology and biotechnology.
#66: Mohammed Toki Hussein al-Talakani, age 40. Died: September 5, 2004:
Iraqi nuclear scientist was shot dead in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad. He
was a practicing nuclear physicist since 1984.
#65: Professor John Clark, Age 52, Died: August 12, 2004. Found hanged
in his holiday home. An expert in animal science and biotechnology where
he developed techniques for the genetic modification of livestock; this
work paved the way for the birth, in 1996, of Dolly the sheep, the first
animal to have been cloned from an adult. Head of the science lab which
created Dolly the sheep. Prof Clark led the Roslin Institute in
Midlothian, one of the world s leading animal biotechnology research
centers. He played a crucial role in creating the transgenic sheep that
earned the institute worldwide fame. He was put in charge of a project
to produce human proteins (which could be used in the treatment of human
diseases) in sheep's milk. Clark and his team focused their study on the
production of the alpha-I-antitryps in protein, which is used for
treatment of cystic fibrosis. Prof Clark also founded three spin-out
firms from Roslin - PPL Therapeutics, Rosgen and Roslin BioMed.
#64: Dr. John Badwey, age 54. Died: July 21, 2004. Scientist and
accidental politician when he opposed disposal of sewage waste program
of exposing humans to sludge. Suddenly developed pneumonia like symptoms
then died in two weeks. Biochemist at Harvard Medical School
specializing in infectious diseases.
#63: Dr. Bassem al-Mudares. Died: July 21, 2004. Mutilated body was
found in the city of Samarra, Iraq*. He was a Phd. chemist and had been
tortured before being killed. He was a drug company worker who had a
#62: Professor Stephen Tabet, age 42. Died on July 6, 2004 from an
unknown illness. He was an associate professor and epidemiologist at the
University of Washington. A world-renowned HIV doctor and researcher who
worked with HIV patients in a vaccine clinical trial for the HIV Vaccine
#61: Dr. Larry Bustard, age 53. Died July 2, 2004 from unknown causes.
He was a Sandia scientist in the Department of Energy who helped develop
a foam spray to clean up congressional buildings and media sites during
the anthrax scare in 2001. He worked at Sandia National Laboratories in
Albuquerque. As an expert in bioterrorism, his team came up with a new
technology used against biological and chemical agents.
#60: Edward Hoffman, age 62. Died July 1, 2004 from unknown causes.
Hoffman was a professor and a scientist who also held leadership
positions within the UCLA medical community. He worked to develop the
first human PET scanner in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis.
#59: John Mullen, age 67. Died: June 29, 2004. A Nuclear physicist
poisoned with a huge dose of arsenic. A nuclear research scientist with
McDonnell Douglas. Police investigating will not say how Mullen was
exposed to the arsenic or where it came from. At the time of his death
he was doing contract work for Boeing.
#58: Dr. Paul Norman, age 52. Died: June 27, 2004. From Salisbury
Wiltshire. Killed when the single-engine Cessna 206 he was piloting
crashed in Devon. Expert in chemical and biological weapons. He traveled
the world lecturing on defending against the scourge of weapons of mass
destruction. He was married with a 14-year-old son and a 20-year-old
daughter, and was the chief scientist for chemical and biological
defense at the Ministry of Defense's laboratory at Porton Down,
Wiltshire. The crash site was examined by officials from the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch and the wreckage of the aircraft was
removed from the site to the AAIB base at Farnborough.
#57: Dr. Assefa Tulu, age 45. Died: June 24, 2004. Dr. Tulu joined the
health department in 1997 and served for five years as the county's lone
epidemiologist. He was charged with trackcing the health of the county,
including the spread of diseases, such as syphilis, AIDS and measles. He
also designed a system for detecting a bioterrorism attack involving
viruses or bacterial agents. Tulu often coordinated efforts to address
major health concerns in Dallas County, such as the West Nile virus
outbreaks of the past few years, and worked with the media to inform the
public. Found face down, dead in his office. The Dallas County
Epidemiologist died of a hemorrhagic stroke.
#56: Thomas Gold, age 84. Died: June 22, 2004. Austrian born Thomas Gold
famous over the years for a variety of bold theories that flout
conventional wisdom and reported in his 1998 book, "The Deep Hot
Biosphere," the idea challenges the accepted wisdom of how oil and
natural gas are formed and, along the way, proposes a new theory of the
beginnings of life on Earth and potentially on other planets. Long term
battle with heart failure. Gold's theory of the deep hot biosphere holds
important ramifications for the possibility of life on other planets,
including seemingly inhospitable planets within our own solar system. He
was Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Cornell University and was the
founder (and for 20 years director) of Cornell Center for Radiophysics
and Space Research. He was also involved in air accident investigations.
#55: Antonina Presnyakova, age 46. Died: May 25, 2004. A Russian
scientist at a former Soviet biological weapons laboratory in Siberia
died after an accident with a needle laced with ebola. Scientists and
officials said the accident had raised concerns about safety and secrecy
at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as
Vector, which in Soviet times specialized in turning deadly viruses into
biological weapons. Vector has been a leading recipient of aid in an
#54: Dr. Eugene Mallove, age 56. Died: May 14, 2004. Autopsy confirmed
Mallove died as a result of several blunt-force injuries to his head and
neck. Ruled as murder. Found at the end of his driveway. Alt. Energy
Expert who was working on viable energy alternative program and
announcement. Norwich Free Academy graduate.Beaten to death during an
alleged robbery. Mallove was well respected for his knowledge of cold
fusion. He had just published an "open letter" outlining the results of
and reasons for his last 15 years in the field of "new energy research."
Dr. Mallove was convinced it was only a matter of months before the
world would actually see a free energy device.
#53: William T. McGuire, age 39. Found May 5, 2004, last seen late April
2004. Body found in three suitcases floating in Chesapeake Bay. He was
NJ University Professor and Senior programmer analyst and adjunct
professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. He
emerged as one of the world's leading microbiologists and an expert in
developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment facilities.
#52: Ilsley Ingram, age 84. Died on April 12, 2004 from unknown causes.
Ingram was Director of the Supraregional Haemophilia Reference Centre
and the Supraregional Centre for the Diagnosis of Bleeding Disorders at
the St. Thomas Hospital in London. Although his age is most likely the
reason for his death, why wasn't this confirmed by the family in the
#51: Mohammed Munim al-Izmerly, Died: April 2004. This distinguished
Iraqi chemistry professor died in American custody from a sudden hit to
the back of his head caused by blunt trauma. It was uncertain exactly
how he died, but someone had hit him from behind, possibly with a bar or
a pistol. His battered corpse turned up at Baghdad's morgue and the
cause of death was initially recorded as "brainstem compression". It was
discovered that US doctors had made a 20cm incision in his skull.
#50: Vadake Srinivasan, Died: March 13, 2004. Microbiologist crashed car
into guard rail in Baton Rouge, LA. Death was ruled a stroke. He was
originally from India, was one of the most-accomplished and respected
industrial biologists in academia, and held two doctorate degrees.
#49: Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley, age 62. Died: January 24, 2004. Died of
massive heart attack. Ebola, Mad Cow Expert, top of the line world
class. It is interesting to note, he had a good heart, but it "gave
out". Dr. Shope and Dr. Kiley were working on the lab upgrade to BSL 4
at the UTMB Galvaston lab for Homeland Security. The lab would have to
be secure to house some of the deadliest pathogens of tropical and
emerging infectious disease as well as bioweaponized ones.
#48: Robert Shope, age 74. Died: January
23, 2004. Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics, Dies died of lung
transplant complications. Later purported to have died of Idiopathic
Pulmonary Fibrosis which can be caused by either environmental stimulus
or a VIRUS. It would not be hard to administer a drug that would cause
Dr. Shope's lung transplant to either be rejected or to cause
complications from the transplant. Dr. Shope led the group of scientists
who had an 11 MILLION dollar fed grant to ensure the new lab would keep
in the nasty bugs. Dr. Shope also met with and worked with Dr. Mike
Kiley on the UTMB Galveston lab upgrade to BSL 4. When the upgrade would
be complete the lab will host the most hazardous pathogens known to man
especially tropical and emerging diseases as well as bioweapons.
#47: Dr Richard Stevens, age 54. Died: January 6, 2004. He had
disappeared after arriving for work on 21 July, 2003. A doctor whose
disappearance sparked a national manhunt, killed himself because he
could not cope with the stress of a secret affair, a coroner has ruled.
He was a hematologist. (hematologists analyze the cellular composition
of blood and blood producing tissues e.g. bone marrow).
#46: Robert Aranosia, age 61. Died: December 18, 2003. While driving
south on I-75 his pickup truck went off the freeway near a bridge over
the Kawkawlin River. The vehicle rolled over several times before
landing in the median. Aranosia was thrown from the vehicle and ended up
on the shoulder of the northbound lanes. He was the Oakland County
deputy medical examiner.
#45: Robert Leslie Burghoff, age 45. Died: November 20, 2003. Scientist.
Killed by a hit and run driver that jumped the curb and ploughed into
him in the 1600 block of South Braeswood, Texas. The driver was
described as a short Hispanic man in his 50s with a slightly rounded
face. He was studying the virus plaguing cruise ships.
#44: Michael Perich, age 46. Died: October 11, 2003. Died in one-vehicle
car accident. The LSU West Nile research scientist was wearing his seat
belt and drowned. He was LSU professor who helped fight the spread of
the West Nile virus. Perich, who was known as one of the country's
experts on vector-borne diseases, had most recently led a crusade to
keep down the effects of West Nile virus and to get many of the
Louisiana's parishes to work toward forming mosquito control districts.
#43: David Kelly, age 59. Died: July 18, 2003. British biological
weapons expert, was said to have slashed his own wrists while walking
near his home. Kelly was the Ministry of Defense's chief scientific
officer and senior adviser to the proliferation and arms control
secretariat, and to the Foreign Office's non-proliferation department.
The senior adviser on biological weapons to the UN biological weapons
inspections teams (Unscom) from 1994 to 1999, he was also, in the
opinion of his peers, pre-eminent in his field, not only in this
country, but in the world.
#42: Dr. Leland Rickman, age 47. Died: June 24, 2003. Rickman died while
on a teaching assignment in Lesotho, a small country bordered on all
sides by South Africa. UC San Diego expert on infectious diseases and,
since September 11, 2001 a consultant on bioterrorism. He had complained
of a headache, but the cause of death was not immediately known. The
physician had been working in Lesotho with Dr. Chris Mathews, director
of the UC San Diego Medical Center's Owen Clinic, teaching African
medical personnel about the prevention and treatment of AIDS. Rickman,
the incoming president of the Infectious Disease Assn. of California,
was a multidisciplinary professor and practitioner with expertise in
infectious diseases, internal medicine, epidemiology, microbiology and
#41: 'Dr. Roger'. Died: Summer 2003. 'Roger' was pseudonym for this
genetics scientist. He was 17 and lived in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947
when the unexplained object crashed. He told a woman he worked with in
1977 named 'Kate' while employed by the Navy, who he helped to clean up
the crash site of the 1947 UFO. He subsequently went to work for the
government at this young age and ended up a geneticist working in China
Lake for the Navy. Although he lived in fear and hiding soon after he
told his story to Kate, he retired in late 1990s or early 2000's and she
saw him again once in early 2002 in San Diego. He told her she was in
danger to talk to him and he left the store.
In 2003 she received a
phone call from his 'friend' who said he had been executed in his
retirement home in Connecticut. The body had been removed by a black
government looking vehicle. The home had been cleaned up and the body
removed without any public notices of his death or existence. Many
disfigured and abnormal animals were found in the desert near Groom Lake
during his time there and after. Kate thought he might have been doing
this gruesome experimental work.
#40: Carlo Urbani, age 46. Died: in April 2003 in Bangkok from SARS
(severe acute respiratory syndrome) - the new disease that he had helped
to identify. Thanks to his prompt action, the epidemic was contained in
Vietnam. However, because of close daily contact with SARS patients, he
contracted the infection. On March 11, he was admitted to a hospital in
Bangkok and isolated. Less than three weeks later he died. He was a
dedicated and internationally respected Italian epidemiologist, who did
work of enduring value combating infectious illness around the world.
#39: Roman Kuzmin. Died December 2002. A 24-year-old Russian surgeon
studying in Connecticut was fatally struck by a car as he fled a store
with three stolen rolls of film, police said. He was studying to be an
orthopedic surgeon. Doctors who worked with Roman Kuzmin at Waterbury
Hospital said they were stunned to hear of his death Sunday evening and
many couldn't believe the circumstances. Kuzmin left Vladivostok in
September to study orthopedic surgical techniques at Waterbury Hospital
under a Keggi Othopedic Foundation program. Dr. Kristaps Keggi, who
organized the program, said Kuzmin was "very able, very bright - a
superb student and a superb individual."
#38B: Dr. David R. Knibbs, age 49. Died: August 5, 2002. Respected
pathobiologist specializing in electron microscopy.
#38: Steven Mostow, age 63. Died: March 25, 2002. One of the country's
leading infectious disease and bioterrorism experts and was associate
dean at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He died in a
plane crash near Centennial Airport. He was known as "Dr. Flu" for his
expertise in treating influenza, and expertise on bioterrorism. Mostow
was one of the country's leading infectious disease experts.
#37: Dr. David Wynn-Williams, age 55. Died: March 24, 2002. Hit by a car
while jogging near his home in Cambridge, England. He was an astrobiologist with the Antarctic Astrobiology Project and the NASA Ames
Research Center. He was studying the capability of microbes to adapt to
environmental extremes, including the bombardment of ultraviolet rays
and global warming.
s#35-36: Tanya Holzmayer, age 46, Died: February 28, 2002: Two dead
microbiologists in San Francisco. While taking delivery of a pizza,
Tanya Holzmayer was shot and killed by a colleague, Guyang "Mathew"
Huang, 38, who then apparently shot himself. Holzmayer moved to the US
from Russia in 1989. Her research focused on the part of the human
molecular structure that could be affected best by medicine. Holzmayer
was focusing on helping create new drugs that interfere with replication
of the virus that causes AIDS. One year earlier, Holzmayer obeyed senior
management orders to fire Huang.
Huang appeared from behind the
deliveryman. He shot Holzmayer several times at close range in the chest
and head. As Holzmayer fell in her doorway, Huang ran to a Ford Explorer
and drove away. Less than an hour after the shooting, Huang called his
wife, according to Foster City Police Capt. Craig Courtin. He told her
about the shooting and that he was going to kill himself, then he hung
up. Huang's wife called the emergency services and Foster City police
used search dogs to comb the area. They ran into a jogger who had seen
Huang's body lying off the walkway that locals call "The Levee." He had
fired a single bullet into his head.
#34: Dr. Ian Langford, age 40, Died: February 12, 2002. Found dead at
his blood-spattered and apparently ransacked home A Russian who was a
Senior Research Associate in CSERGE, UK. He was a leading university
research scientist working on Global Environment, specializing in links
between human health and the environment risk, was. Specialist in
leukemia and infections.
#33: Dr. Vladamir "Victor"
Korshunov, age 56. Died: February 9, 2002.
Found dead on a Moscow street. Head was bashed in. Korshunov was head of
the microbiology sub-facility at the Russian State Medical University.
He was found dead in the entrance to his home with a head injury. On
Feb. 9 the Russian newspaper Pravda reported that Korshunov had probably
invented a vaccine protecting from any biological arm.
#32: David W. Barry, age 58, Died: January 28, 2002. Scientist who
co-discovered AZT, the antiviral drug that is considered the first
effective treatment for AIDS. Circumstance of Death are unknown.
#31: Dr. Ivan Glebov. Died: January 2002. Russian Microbiologist. Glebov
died as the result of a bandit attack. Well known around the world and
members of the Russian Academy of Science.
#30: Dr. Alexi Brushlinski. Died: January 2002. Russian Microbiologist.
Murdered in Moscow from bandit attack. Well known around the world and
members of the Russian Academy of Science.
#29 Dr. Benito Que, age 52. Found: November 12, 2001. Died: December 6,
2001. Found Comatose from what was called a mugging. Died later in
hospital. Found in the street near the laboratory where he worked at the
University of Miami Medical School. Among Dr. Que's friends and family
there is firm belief that Dr. Que was attacked by four men, at least one
of whom had a baseball bat. Dr. Que's death has now been officially
ruled "natural", caused by cardiac arrest. He was a cell biologist,
involved in research on aids, oncology research in the hematology
#28: Dr. Vladimer Pasechnik, age 64. Died: December 23, 2001. Found dead
in Wiltshire, England, a village near his home. Two different dates have
been reported: November 21 and December 23. Death ruled stroke. He had
defected from Russia to UK. He had been the #1 scientist in the FSU's
bioweapons program. It was thought he was involved with exhuming the
bodies of the 10 London victims of the 1919 Type A flu epidemic.
Pasechnik died six weeks after the planned exhumations were announced.
On November 23, 2001, Pasechnik's death was reported in the New York
Times as having occurred two days earlier. Pasechnik's death was made in
the United States by Dr. Christopher Davis of Virginia, who stated that
the cause of death was a stroke. Dr. Davis was the member of British
intelligence who de-briefed Dr. Pasechnik at the time of his defection.
Pasechnik was heavily involved in DNA sequencing research. He had just
founded a company like three other microbiologists working to provide
powerful alternatives to antibiotics.
Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik was the
boss of William C. Patrick III who holds 5 patents on the militarized
anthrax used by the United States. Patrick is now a private biowarfare
consultant to the military and CIA. Patrick developed the process by
which anthrax spores could be concentrated at the level of one trillion
spores per gram. No other country has been able to get concentrations
above 500 billion per gram. The anthrax that was sent around the eastern
United States last fall was concentrated at one trillion spores per
#27: Dr. Don Wiley, age 57. Vanished: December 16, 2001. Molecular
Biologist with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University, top
Deadly Contagious Virus expert, abandoned rental car was found on the
Hernando de Soto Bridge outside Memphis, TN. He was heavily involved in
research on DNA sequencing, and was last seen at around midnight on
November 16, leaving the St. Jude's Children's Research Advisory Dinner
at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. Associates attending the dinner
said he showed no signs of intoxication, and no one has admitted to
drinking with him. Body found floating one month later.
Workers at a
hydroelectric plant in Louisiana found the body of Don Wiley on
Thursday, about 300 miles south of where the molecular biologist was
last seen on Nov. 18 at a medical meeting in Memphis. On January 14,
2002 (almost two months later) Shelby County Medical Examiner O.C. Smith
announced that his department had ruled Dr. Wiley's death to be
"accidental"; the result of massive injuries suffered in a fall from the
Hernando de Soto Bridge. Smith said there were paint marks on Wiley's
rental car similar to the paint used on construction signs on the
bridge, and that the car's right front hubcap was missing. There has
been no report as to which construction signs Dr. Wiley hit.
#26: Dr. Set Van Nguyen, age 44. Died: December 14, 2001. Found dead in
the airlock entrance to the walk-in refrigerator in the laboratory he
worked at in Victoria State, Australia. The room was full of deadly gas
which had leaked from a liquid nitrogen cooling system. Room was vented.
Working on a vaccine to protect against biological weapons, or a weapon
itself. In January, 2001, the magazine Nature published information that
two scientists, Dr. Ron Jackson and Dr. Ian Ramshaw, using genetic
manipulation and DNA sequencing, had created an incredibly virulent form
of mousepox, a cousin of smallpox and Dr. Nguyen had worked for 15 years
at the same Australian facility. Now for the intriguing part of this
On Friday, November 2nd, the Washington Post reported: "Officials
are now scrambling to determine how a quiet, 61-year-old Vietnamese
immigrant, riding the subway each day to and from her job in a hospital
stockroom, was exposed to the deadly anthrax spores that killed her this
week. They worry because there is no obvious connection to the factors
common to earlier anthrax exposures and deaths: no clear link to the
mail or to the media.
#25: Dr. David Schwartz , age 57. Died: December 10, 2001. Murdered by
stabbing with what appeared to be a sword in rural home Loudon County,
Virginia. His daughter, who identifies herself as a pagan high
priestess, and three of her fellow pagans have been charged. He was
extremely well respected in biophysics, and regarded as an authority on
DNA sequencing. Three teens that were into the occult were charged with
murder in the slashing death.
#s22-24: Avishai Berkman, age 50. (no photo)
Amiramp Eldor, age 59 Yaacov Matzner, age 54
All Died: November 24, 2001. Another airplane crash kills 3 scientists.
At about the time of the Black Sea crash, Israeli journalists had been
sounding the alarm that two Israeli microbiologists had been murdered,
allegedly by terrorists; including the head of the Hematology department
at Israel's Ichilov Hospital, as well as directors of the Tel Aviv
Public Health Department and Hebrew University School of Medicine. World
experts in hematology and blood clotting. Five microbiologists in this
list of the first eight people that died mysteriously in airplane
crashes worked on cutting edge microbiology research; and, four of the
five were doing virtually identical research; research that has global
political and financial significance.
#21: Jeffrey Paris Wall, age 41. Died: November 6, 2001. Body was found
sprawled next to a three-story parking structure near his office. Mr.
Wall had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a
biomedical expert who held a medical degree, and he also specialized in
patent and intellectual property.
#16-#20: Five Unnamed Microbiologists. Died: October 4, 2001. Four of
Five unnamed microbiologists on a plane that was brought down by a
missile near the Black sea on the Russian border. Traveling from Israel
to Russia; business not disclosed. 3 scientists were experts in medical
research or public health. The plane is believed by many in Israel to
have had as many as four or five passengers who were microbiologists.
Both Israel and Novosibirsk are homes for cutting-edge microbiological
research. Novosibirsk is known as the scientific capital of Siberia.
There are over 50 research facilities there, and 13 full universities
for a population of only 2.5 million people.
#15: Professor Janusz Jeljaszewicz, Died: on May 7, 2001, cause not
disclosed. He was an expert in Staphylococci and Staphylococcal
Infections. His main scientific interests and achievements were in the
mechanism of action and biological properties of staphylococcal toxins,
and included the immunomodulatory properties and experimental treatment
of tumors by Propionibacterium.
#14: Linda Reese, age 52. Died: December 25, 2000 three days after she
studied a sample from Tricia Zailo, 19, a Fairfield, N.J., resident who
was a sophomore at Michigan State University. Tricia Zailo died Dec. 18,
a few days after she returned home for the holidays. Dr. Reese was a
Microbiologist working with victims of meningitis.
#13: Mike Thomas, age 35. Died: July 16, 2000 a few days after examining
a sample taken from a 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with meningitis
and survived. He was a microbiologist at the Crestwood Medical Center in
#12: Walter W. Shervington, M.D., age 62. Died: April 15, 2000 of cancer
at Tulane Medical Hospital. He was an extensive writer/ lecturer/
researcher about mental health and AIDS in the African American
#11: Jonathan Mann, age 51. Died September 1998, in Swissair Flight 111
over Canada. He was founding director of the World Health Organization's
global Aids program and founded Project SIDA in Zaire, the most
comprehensive Aids research effort in Africa at the time, and in 1986 he
joined the WHO to lead the global response against Aids. He became
director of WHO's global program on Aids which later became the UNAids
program. He then became director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center
for Health and Human Rights, which was set up at Harvard School of
Public Health in 1993. He caused controversy earlier in 1998 in the
media when he accused the US National Institutes of Health of violating
human rights by failing to act quickly on developing Aids vaccines.
#10: Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D., age 46. Died July 10, 1998, in a traffic
accident while visiting family in Tennessee. She was an associate
professor with tenure in the pulmonary division of the Department of
Medicine at CWRU and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She was also a
member of the executive committee for the Center for AIDS Research and
directed the Bio-safety level 3 facility, a specialized laboratory for
the handling of HIV, virulent TB bacteria, and other infectious agents.
Died 1994 - 1996
#9: Sidney Harshman, age 67. Died: Dec. 25, 1997, from complications of
diabetes. He was a professor of microbiology and immunology. He was the
world's leading expert on staphylococcal alpha toxins.
#s6-8: Mark Purdey, his Lawyer, and Veterinarian working with Purdey
Die: CJD doctor Mark Purdey was familiar with the expression "abnormal
brain protein." Purdey’s house was burned down, his lawyer on mad cow
issues was driven off the road and died and the veterinarian in the UK
BSE inquiry also died in a mysterious car crash. CJD specialist Dr C.
Bruton was killed in a car crash just before he went public with a new
research paper. The veterinarian on the case also died in a car crash.
Purdey's new lawyer, too, had a car accident, but not fatal. Before Dr.
Purdey’s death, he speculated that Dr. C. Bruton (#2 below) might have
known more than what was revealed in his paper before he was killed.
#4-5 Dr. Tsunao Saitoh, age 46. Died: May 7, 1996. Shot and killed,
along with his young daughter, in LaJolla, California. He was dead
behind the wheel of the car, the side window had been shot out, and the
door was open. His daughter appeared to have tried to run away and she
was shot dead, also. The hit was compared to other killings of Japanese
in this country by muggers. Expert in abnormal proteins in Alzheimer.
#3 Dr. Jawad Al Aubaidi. Died in 1994. A graduate doctor from Cornel, he
was hired to head the mycoplasma biowar research project. One of Dr.
Aubaidi's projects was filling payloads of scud missles with mycoplasma
strains. In 1995, Dr. Aubaidi was murdered by the Israelis Mussad. His
demise, or, neutralization was made to look like an accident. He was
killed in his native Iraq while he was changing a flat tire and was hit
by a truck.
#2 Dr. C. Bruton, a CJD specialist -- who had just produced a paper on
the a new strain of CJD -- was killed in a car crash before his work was
announced to the public. Purdey speculates that Bruton might have known
more than what was revealed in his paper.
#1 Jose Trias, Died: May 19, 1994. Trias and his wife were murdered in
their Chevy Chase, Maryland home. They met with a friend of theirs, a
journalist, before the day of their murder and told him of their plan to
expose HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) funding of "special ops"
research. Grant money that goes to HHMI is actually diverted to special
black ops research projects.