More Dead Top
Microbiologist Scientists

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Dr. Mike Patrick Kiley, Ebola, Mad Cow Expert, top of the line world class, dies of massive heart attack.
Dr. Robert Shope, Virus Expert Who Warned Of Epidemics dies in the same week.
Coincidently, both 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.
I have also noted a commonality of most of the now, 44 scientists who met their demise since 9/11/01 and that is all were expert in emerging infectious diseases especially Ebola, Mad Cow, HIV.
Dr. Shope had accumulated his own collection of virus samples gathered from all over the world.
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.
As for Dr. Kiley, we have heard about other scientists having massive heart attacks which could be caused by administering drugs or toxins.
When Tesh and Shope left Yale to go to Galveston, they took a collection of some 5,000 samples of viruses and arboviruses along with them.
Robert Shope, 74, Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics, Dies
By Stuart Lavietes
January 23, 2004
Robert E. Shope, an expert on viruses who was the principal author of a highly publicized 1992 report by the National Academy of Sciences warning of the possible emergence of new and unsettling infectious illnesses, died on Monday in Galveston, Tex. He was 74.
The cause was complications of a lung transplant he received in December, said his daughter Deborah Shope of Galveston. Dr. Shope had pulmonary fibrosis, a disease of unknown origin that scars the lungs.
A professor of epidemiology at Yale for 30 years, Dr. Shope contended that the growth of world population, rapid international travel and the development of drug-resistant microbes and pesticide-resistant insects made worldwide epidemics more likely.
In his report, he also said health officials in the United States had grown complacent, believing that antibiotics and vaccines had conquered infectious diseases.
"We're vulnerable to something along the line of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic that killed 20 million people worldwide," Dr. Shope said at a news conference announcing the report. "It's happened once; it can happen again."
The report recommended the development of a worldwide surveillance system to detect new diseases and prevent them from developing into epidemics. Had such a system been in place in the 1980's, Dr. Shope said, the spread of AIDS might have been limited.
The report's findings were also published as a book, "Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States" (1992). Edited by Dr. Shope, Dr. Joshua S. Lederberg, a Nobel laureate, and Dr. Stanley C. Oaks Jr., it has become a standard reference on the topic.
The report also helped bring about a stronger network of disease detection laboratories in the United States, some authorities said. But, despite the World Health Organization's containment of SARS last winter, the worldwide system envisioned in the report, with laboratories conducting research in areas that have historically produced new viruses, has not been put into place, said Dr. Robert Tesh, a longtime colleague of Dr. Shope.
Dr. Shope, who received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Cornell, developed an expertise in viruses transmitted to people and domestic animals by rodents, mosquitoes and other biting, stinging insects. He helped discover hundreds of viruses, conducting investigations in Malaysia as an Army medical officer and in Brazil for the Rockefeller Foundation. At Yale, he led or participated in investigations of Rift Valley fever, Lassa fever, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever and other diseases.
Working with Dr. Tesh, Dr. Shope also built the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses, a collection of some 5,000 samples.
Dr. Shope and Dr. Tesh joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1995, bringing the collection of viruses with them.
In 1997, Dr. Shope was invited to the White House with six other scientists to brief President Bill Clinton on global warming, which Dr. Shope said could accelerate the spread of infectious diseases because more germ-carrying mosquitoes would thrive in the warmer climate.
In the last two years, Dr. Shope worked on a Defense Department project to develop antidotes to viral agents that terrorists might use.
Robert Ellis Shope was born in Princeton, N.J., and grew up as a neighbor of Albert Einstein.
In addition to his daughter Deborah, Dr. Shope is survived by his wife, Virginia Shope, of Branford, Conn.; another daughter, Bonnie Rice of Belmont, Mass.; two sons, Peter and Steve, both of Newfields, N.H.; two brothers, Tom, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Richard, of Hudson, Wis.; a sister, Nancy FitzGerrell of Boulder, Colo.; and six grandchildren.
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Michael Patrick Kiley, 62, Dies
Obituaries, January 28, 2004 in The Saratogian
OLNEY, Md. -- Michael Patrick Kiley came by his name honestly. His favorite sport was Notre Dame football; his favorite TV show was Notre Dame football; his favorite musical group was The Clancy Brothers; his favorite book was 'The Last Hurrah', and his favorite movie was 'The Last Hurrah,' starring Spencer Tracy.
A loving and faithful husband, caring and devoted father, dutiful brother and generous friend, he gave us 62 years before his good heart gave out Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004.
Born in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Dr. Joseph L. Kiley and Kathryn Mulqueen Kiley and was a 1960 graduate of St. Peter's Academy (Saratoga Central Catholic High School). He was inducted into the St. Peter/SCC Hall of Fame in 2001 as a recipient of the Excellence in Education Award and delivered the commencement address for the school's 2001 graduation ceremony. He resided in Olney, Md., with his wife, Nancy.
He was a lifelong fan of horse racing and Notre Dame football, but for those who could get beyond that or those who could dig through the small mounds of worn-out Fighting Irish caps and yellowing Racing Forms, they found an unassuming man of tremendous warmth and compassion with a deep well of dry humor.
Along the way, between the Hornung and Montana years, he picked up degrees from the universities of Notre Dame, Missouri and Virginia, receiving his doctorate in medical sciences from Virginia. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and continued that research at the University of Nevada School of Medical Science where he also taught. He published extensively in scientific journals and books dealing with microbiology, immunology and infection control.
He emerged as one of the world's leading microbiologists and an expert in developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment facilities. Before concentrating on laboratory design and procedures, he was at the forefront in the early studies of Lassa fever, the Ebola virus and mad cow disease while at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., the Jonas Salk Institute in Tannersville, Pa., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. He has traveled worldwide and helped develop the Hemorrhagic Virus Program for Health Canada as well as participating in many international conferences.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by two daughters, Katie and Jennifer; five sons, Matt, Chris, Mike, Andy and Ryan; his sister, (Dr. William) Mary Ellen Carroll of Greenwich and his brother, Roger A. (Susan) Kiley; six grandchildren, Madison, Jackson, Benjamin, Michael, Anne and Elizabeth, several nieces and nephews and countless friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Joseph K. Kiley; his granddaughter, Mary Margaret Grace Kiley; and his first wife, Anne Mullaney Kiley.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373 or
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, by the Rev. Robert J. LeFevre, pastor.
Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue.
Memorials may be made to the General Scholarship Fund at Saratoga Central Catholic High School, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Birthdate: May 11, 1942
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York
Citizenship: United States
University of Notre Dame B.S., June 1964, Biology
University of Missouri M.S., July 1967, Microbiology
University of Virginia Ph.D., June 1972,
Positions Held:
5/97-Present Research Programs Safety Officer, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, 10300 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, Maryland 20705.
8/95 -5/97 Senior Scientific Advisor, Laboratory Centres for Disease Control, Health Canada, Federal Laboratories Project, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
8/95-5/97 Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Molec. Micro and Immunology, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
9/93-9/95 Chief, Technical Assistance Section, Occupational
Safety & Health Branch, Division of Safety, National Institutes of Health 13/3k04, 9000 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20892
12/90-8/93 Director of Research and Development, The Salk
Institute, Government Services Division, P.O. Box 250, Swiftwater, PA 18370
12/90-8/93 Radiation Safety Officer- The Salk Institute
8/88-12/90 Chief, Biological Safety Branch, Office of Health and Safety, Office of the Director, CDC
5/88 - Organizer, Safety Symposium: Building a
Biocontainment Facility. May 25-27, 1988, Atlanta, GA.
3/88-8/88 Microbiologist, Office of Biosafety, Office of the
Director, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
1/84-12/90 Program Representative, New Virology Building (Design and Construction).
2/78-3/88 Supervisory Research Chemist, Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, Center for Diseases Control, Atlanta, GA.
1/84-3/84 Visiting Fellow, National Institutes for Virology,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
9/77-2/78 Program Director, UNR School of Medical Sciences,
Biomedical research Development Program.
6/77-9/77 Visiting Scientist, Animal Virus research Institute,
Pirbright, Surrey, England
9/76-2/78 Director, Statewide Influenza Surveillance Center
5/75-2/78 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, School of
Medical Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno.
3/74-5/75 Assistant Research Scientist (University of
11/71-3/74 Research Associate, Virus Laboratories, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Another Dead Scientist - Composite Of Suspect Released in Fatal Hit-and-Run
Dec. 12, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Police have released a composite drawing of a motorist who sped away after his van jumped the curb and killed a chemist walking on a sidewalk in the Texas Medical Center.
Robert Leslie Burghoff, 45, of The Woodlands was killed in the 1600 block of South Braeswood on Nov. 20. He was studying the virus plaguing cruise ships, police said.
Witnesses described the van as white, and wreckage at the scene matched a Ford E-series van, 1997 to 2003 model.
The driver was described as a short Hispanic man in his 50s with a slightly rounded face. Anyone with information should call the HPD hit-and-run division at 713-247-4065.
Let's not forget the West Nile Researcher, as well who died a month before Dr. Burghoff....
LSU W. Nile Researcher, 46, Dies in Pickup Crash on I-12
By Josh Noel
Advocate staff writer
Michael Perich, died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle car accident. The LSU West Nile research scientist was was 46. Michael Perich, an LSU professor who helped fight the spread of the West Nile virus died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle car accident. He was 46.
Walker Police Chief Elton Burns said Sunday that Perich of 5227 River Bend Blvd., Baton Rouge, crashed his Ford pickup truck about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, while heading west on Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish.
Perich's truck veered right off the highway about 3 miles east of Walker, flipped and landed in rainwater, Burns said.
Perich, who was wearing his seat belt, drowned. The cause of the crash is under investigation, Burns said.
Perich, who worked for the U.S. Army for more than 15 years, joined the LSU faculty in August 2001 as an assistant professor of medical entomology.
In addition to West Nile, Perich had also studied malaria and several other diseases, said Tim Schowalter, head of LSU's entomology department.
"He was one of our stars," Schowalter said. "He was well known. While he was here, I certainly got to know the depth and breadth of his character and talent."
Perich worked with the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Control and Rodent Abatement District to determine whether mosquitoes in the area carried West Nile.
He also worked with several other parishes to establish mosquito-abatement districts, said colleague Jack Baldwin, a professor of entomology.
"He certainly impressed me with his desire and incentive to do research, teach students and provide answers for the community," Baldwin said. "In the short time he was here, he was a leader in mosquito research."
Perich said in an interview with The Advocate in 2002 that his Army career led him to spend seven or eight months every year traveling the world.
He said he had been robbed at gunpoint, shot down while flying over Africa, ridden through the jungles of countless countries and suffered through malaria and dengue fever.
"He probably does more field work than any entomologist based in the United States that I know of," Robert A. Wirtz, chief of entomology at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said of Perich.
"Mike is one of the few entomologists with the experience to go out and save lives today."
Perich was raised in Nebraska and earned his bachelor's degree at Iowa State University, where he graduated with three majors: chemistry, entomology and zoology. He earned his master's and doctorate from Oklahoma State.
From 1986 to 1992, Perich worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., as the vector suppression program manager and research medical entomologist.
In 1992, he moved to work for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and continued his travels to Southeast Asia, Central and South America, Korea and Africa. Perich did a lot of work with testing ways to keep disease-bearing insects, such as mosquitoes, away from people. His research looked at the use of various area insecticides, personal insect repellents and traps.
Among his other skills, Perich spoke Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian and Swahili.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey Perich, and daughter Sarah Perich, both of Baton Rouge, and his mother, Rita Perich, of Omaha, Neb., among others.
Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Visitation is at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., from 11 a.m. until Mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. Tuesday, celebrated by the Rev. Rich Luberti. A private interment service will take place at a later date.
Jeff - No one in the media, polilce or FBI, or govt. is calling the deaths of now, 44 microbiologists odd. These were the first group, beginning in Oct. with the deaths of the Russian DNA sequencing experts who were leaving Israel headed home but shot down over the black sea by a missle which was supposedly 100 miles off course.
As for Dr. Wiley, remember the the pathology dr. from the medical examiner's office was kidnapped and strapped with a bomb and found outside the pathology blda. about 4 or 5 months after Dr. Wiley's death. That alone is quite odd.
I have lost count but will try to get a list of as many as possible. There are so many worldclass microbiologists who have died since 9/11 that one cannot keep a roster.
Incidentally, all worked DNA sequencing research, all were emerging infectious disease or tropcical disease experts, most were Ft. Detrick alumnae or at least associated with USAMRIID and many were bioweapons contractors or associated with HHMI research grants.
A recent spate of dead microbiologists who worked for research firms with links to U.S. weapons development is raising some eyebrows.
Exclusive to American Free Press
By Christopher Bollyn
A string of microbiologists appears to have died under strange circumstances since the anthrax scare surfaced last fall. From Nov. 12 through Feb. 11, seven world-class microbiologists in different parts of the world were reported to have died of 'unnatural' causes, while the cause of the seventh's death is questionable, according to Michael Davidson of From The Wilderness, an Internet news journal.
The seven microbiologists that Davidson reports to have died under strange circumstances are: Benito Que, Don C. Wiley, Vladimir Pasechnik, Robert Schwartz, Set Van, dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Faculty.
Benito Que was a cell biologist at the University of Miami Medical School, involved in oncology research in the hematology department, which relies heavily on DNA sequencing studies.
Que worked for medical research facilities that received grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md. Que was found comatose in the street near the laboratory where he worked on Nov. 12 and died on Dec. 6.
HHMI funds a tremendous number of research programs at schools, hospitals and research facilities, and allegedly conducts 'black ops' biomedical research for intelligence organizations, including the CIA, according to Davidson.
Three of the five American scientists who have died, Wiley, Schwartz, and Que, worked for medical research facilities that received grants from HHMI.
Don C. Wiley worked with HHMI at Harvard University and was one of the most prominent microbiologists in the world. He had won many of the field?s most prestigious awards, including the 1995 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for work on anti-viral vaccines. Wiley was also heavily involved in research on DNA sequencing.
Wiley, 57, vanished, and his abandoned rental car was found on the Hernando de Soto Bridge outside Memphis, Tenn. Wiley's body was found on Dec. 20, snagged on a tree along the Mississippi River in Vidalia, La., 300 miles south of Memphis. Until his body was found, Wiley's death was handled as a missing person case, and police did no forensic examinations.
Vladimir Pasechnik, the top scientist from the Soviet Union's bio-weapons program who had defected to Britain in 1989 was found dead in Wiltshire, England, not far from his home, on Nov. 23. No reports of Pasechnik's death appeared in Britain for more than a month, until Dec. 29, when his obituary, which did not include a date of death, appeared in The London Telegraph.
Pasechnik's death was announced in the United States by Dr. Christopher Davis of Virginia, who stated that the cause of death was a stroke. Davis was the member of British intelligence who de-briefed Dr. Pasechnik at the time of his defection. Davis reportedly declined to say which branch of British intelligence he served in.
Robert M. Schwartz was a founding member of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and the executive director of Research and Development at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology. He was an expert in biophysics and DNA sequencing.
Schwartz, 57, was found murdered in his rural home in Loudoun County, Va. on Dec. 10. Loudoun County sheriff?s officials said Schwartz was stabbed on Dec. 8 with a sword, and had an 'X' cut into the back of his neck. His daughter and her friends, who were accused of devil worship, have been charged with the murder.
Set Van Nguyen, 44, was found dead in the airlock entrance to a walk-in refrigerator in the laboratory where he worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's animal diseases facility in Geelong, Australia.
Two scientists at this Australian facility, using genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing, had created an incredibly virulent form of mousepox, a cousin of smallpox, according to an article in the Jan. 2001 issue of Nature magazine. The researchers were reportedly extremely concerned that if similar manipulation were done to smallpox, a terrifying bio-weapon could be unleashed.
On Feb. 8, Vladimir Korshunov, 56, was found dead on a Moscow street. 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 either a vaccine to protect against biological weapons, or a weapon itself.
Ian Langford, 40, a senior researcher at the University of East Anglia was found dead in his home in Norwich, England on Feb. 11.
The London Times reported that Langford was found wedged under a chair 'at his blood-spattered and apparently ransacked home.' A local newspaper in Norwich reported that police 'were not treating the death as suspicious.'
On Oct. 4, a commercial jetliner traveling from Israel to Novosibirsk, Siberia, was shot down over the Black Sea by an 'errant' Ukrainian surface-to-air missile, killing all on board. The missile was over 100 miles off-course. The plane is reported to have had as many as five passengers who were microbiologists. Israeli journalists had reported that two Israeli microbiologists had been murdered prior to the plane being shot down, according to Davidson.
On Nov. 24 a Crossair (Swiss) airplane coming from Berlin crashed on its approach to Zurich. Of the 33 persons on board, 24 were killed, including Dr. Amiram Eldor, the head of the hematology department at Israel's Ichilov Hospital, as well as the director of the Tel Aviv Public Health Department and hematologist Dr. Ya'acov Matzner, dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Faculty.
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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