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In Memoriam

Fred B. Stitt, Ph.D.

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Dr. Fred Stitt, who worked closely with Linus Pauling at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto, died in San Jose, California, on August 19 at the age of 86 years. Dr. Stitt was born in Pennsylvania in 1911 and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1932 and master's degree in 1933. His doctoral studies were completed at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, in 1936, after which he accepted a post-doctoral position in Linus Pauling's laboratory to work with Charles Coryell and Linus Pauling on the magnetic properties of hemoglobin. Dr. Pauling thanked Dr. Stitt for his assistance in the preface to the first edition of his seminal book, The Nature of the Chemical Bond, considered to be one of the most influential scientific books of the century.

Dr. Stitt spent two years at Harvard and two years at Indiana University before joining the USDA Laboratory in Albany, California, where he worked until 1972, serving as its Assistant Director. In 1981, Dr. Stitt joined the Linus Pauling Institute as Linus Pauling's scientific and administrative assistant and worked on an experiment to test the effect of vitamin C on the development of mammary tumors in mice (published in 1985 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Dr. Stitt served as the Institute's Radiation Safety Officer in the early 1980s and edited the Newsletter from 1982 to 1990, after which he expertly handled much of the Institute's correspondence on health matters. He retired when the Institute moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1996.

Dr. Stitt's first wife, Julie, died in 1981. His second wife, Mary, whom he married in 1983, died in 1990. He is survived by his sister, Mary Stitt; and three step-children, Mary Edwards-McTamaney, Donna Olson, and Kelvin Seifert.

We fondly remember Fred for his tireless devotion to Linus Pauling and the Institute and treasure his years of volunteered service.

Last updated November, 1998

Honoring a Scientific Giant with Research Toward Longer, Better Lives

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