- 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
- When Tesh and Shope left Yale to go to Galveston, they
took a collection of some 5,000 samples of viruses and arboviruses along
- Robert Shope, 74, Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics,
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
- 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 burkefuneralhome.com)
- 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,
- CURRICULUM VITAE MICHAEL P. KILEY
- 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,
- 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,
- 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
- 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,
- 3/88-8/88 Microbiologist, Office of Biosafety, Office
- 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
- Johannesburg, South Africa.
- 9/77-2/78 Program Director, UNR School of Medical
- Biomedical research Development Program.
- 6/77-9/77 Visiting Scientist, Animal Virus research
- Pirbright, Surrey, England
- 9/76-2/78 Director, Statewide Influenza Surveillance
- 5/75-2/78 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, School
- Medical Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno.
- 3/74-5/75 Assistant Research Scientist (University
- 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
- "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
- "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
- 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
- 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.