David and Lynn Frohnmayer, co-founders of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, have been selected by the American Society of Hematology as recipients of the 2012 ASH Outstanding Service Award.
Dave Frohnmayer served as Attorney General for the State of Oregon for three terms, from 1981 to 1991, served as president of the University of Oregon from 1994 to 2009, and currently serves as “of counsel” at the law firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C.
The prestigious award is presented by American Society of Hematology to recognize consummate leadership on issues of importance to hematology research and practice. Past recipients of this award have included Ron Reagan and Nancy Reagan, son and wife of former President Ronald Reagan, for their support of human embryonic stem cell research.
The award announcement honors the Frohnmayers’ vision in founding the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and applauds their advocacy work. The hematology society said their contributions have “resulted in significant improvements in the Fanconi anemia clinical care environment, advancements in information for families and physicians, and increased public awareness of and support for research initiatives that will improve treatment options and lead to a cure for FA.”
Grover Bagby, a physician and professor of medicine and molecular genetics at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, nominated the Frohnmayers. “As chair of the Fund’s Scientific Advisory Board for more than 20 years, I remain inspired by David and Lynn’s dogged pursuit of a better understanding of Fanconi anemia and humbled by their profound commitment to improving the lives of others,” Bagby wrote.
The Frohnmayers will be presented with the award at ASH’s 54th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in early December. The international meeting is attended by more than 20,000 scientists and physicians.
For more information about the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, go to www.fanconi.org. For more information about the American Society of Hematology, go to //www.hematology.org/. A biographical sketch of the Frohnmayers is available at//www.fanconi.org/index.php/learn_more/research_fund/founders, and Dave Frohnmayer’s attorney bio is available at: //harrang.com/directory/dave-frohnmayer/.