Dr. Jeffrey H. Ware, senior research investigator in the department of radiation oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine, passed away October 23, 2011, from brain cancer; he was 47.
A native of Connecticut, Dr. Ware earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1986 and his PhD in neuroscience in 1994 both from Penn. He remained at Penn, becoming a post-doctoral fellow and working in the lab of Dr. Ann Kennedy, professor in the department of radiation oncology, who called him a “dedicated, imaginative and hard working colleague.” His work, published since 2008, included the study of compounds to protect astronauts from space radiation and their possible application in preventing cancer in high-risk individuals.
He “dedicated his professional life to one of our more important missions, which is trying to find better treatments for cancer patients,” said Stephen Hahn, chair of the department.
Dr. Ware is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyer; daughters, Dorothy and Isabella; brother, David; sister, Christine; and his mother, Virginia Ware.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.