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October 4, 2013 - USA College of Medicine Mourns Loss of Dr. Marcel Conrad

Dr. Marcel Conrad, retired University of South Alabama College of Medicine professor, died on Sept. 26, 2013, in Atlanta.

A noted academic physician, Dr. Conrad joined the USA College of Medicine in 1983 as director of the USA division of hematology/oncology. During his tenure at USA, he also served as professor of internal medicine and pathology. In 1985, he was appointed as director of the USA Cancer Center.

While working at USA, he received the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award that funded his laboratory research – one of only five USA recipients in the University’s history. His research led to his distinction as an international expert in iron absorption and metabolism.

Dr. Conrad had more than 400 scientific articles published in national and international science and medical journals. His research was funded by various governmental institutes or agencies. He served on NIH study sections for more than 40 years. From 1990 to 2004, Dr. Conrad served as principal investigator for the Minority Based Community Cancer Oncology Program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

In 2001, the University honored Dr. Conrad with a Distinguished Professor of Medicine appointment.

Dr. Conrad is survived by his brother, sister-in-law, wife, former wife, four of five children, their five respective spouses, nine grandchildren and three nieces.

Memorials may be made to Boys Town (PO Box 6000, Boys Town, NE 68010).

A memorial service was held on Sept. 30, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Atlanta. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. To sign an online guest book, click here.

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