Please celebrate the lives and accomplishments of our distinguished members.
Eric J. Simon, Ph.D., CPDD Charter Fellow, Eric Simon, 2 months shy of 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 30th at his residence in Hackensack, NJ. Born in Wiesbaden Germany, at age 14, Eric and his family were uprooted from their home in Wiesbaden, Germany, as they fled Nazi persecution in 1938. He served in the United States Army during W.W.II. Post-service, Dr. Simon began a long and distinguished career establishing himself as a scientist of worldwide renown, yet he remained forever humble. Eric lived with his wife, the love of his life, in Bergen County, NJ for 66 years. They lived in Teaneck for 54 years before moving to Hackensack 12 years ago. Eric was a Neuroscientist and headed a lab at NYU Langone Medical Center for 54 years before retiring in 2014, at the age of 90 as Professor Emeritus. As part of his many accomplishments, Dr. Simon discovered opiate receptors in the brain and coined the word Endorphin. One of Eric’s passions was skiing, which he did until he was 86. It provided many wonderful family times together. Pre-deceased by his loving wife Irene in 2017, he is survived by his adoring family: daughter Faye and her husband Len, son Martin, son Larry and his wife Lea, 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and his brother Walter. An amazing person, brilliant man, an outstanding scientist, Eric loved his family and friends with a passion, warmth, love, generosity – like no other. He was kind to and interested in everyone. He had a zest to live, a “joie de vivre” beyond anyone we knew. He has deeply touched so many hearts. He will be remembered by so many, but his passing leaves a huge hole, at the same time that his life leaves a huge impact and presence. A virtual graveside service will be held on Monday, April 6th at 2pm. To get the information to sign in for the service, call Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Home 800-522-0588. Please start calling 1:30pm, so that all have joined in time for the Rabi to start at 2pm. Once the Covid situation is under control, we will have an in person gathering to celebrate his life and mourn his death together. Donations in Dr. Eric Simons’ name may be made to IES Brain Research Foundation or Prostate Cancer Foundation. The Foundation address is IES Brain Research Foundation, 270 Sparta Ave., Suite 104, NJ 07871 or online at www.iesbrainresearch.org.
Dr. Louis S. Harris, former chair of The Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence and President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, died on Monday, June 10, 2019. Lou was chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University from 1972 to 1992. From 1979, until his retirement in 2006, he served the drug abuse community, CPDD and NIDA by leading the evaluation of the physical dependence liability testing of new opioid-like compounds. He was one of the first scholars to embrace the narcotic agonist-antagonist concept for new pain relievers and lead the development of pentazocine, the first of these drugs to make the market. Lou was presented with the Eddy Award by The College and won awards from other scholarly societies, his university and state. He and his family were very generous supporters of his university and many other worthy scholarly organizations. They provided the funds for four professorships in different schools at VCU and supported many programs in other educational institutions. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth and is survived by his son Charles. Lou will be fondly remembered by a large number of friends throughout Richmond VA and by scholars everywhere.
Nancy M Petry, Ph.D., beloved wife of William B. White, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Calhoun Cardiology Center and Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors died on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. She had joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1996 after receiving her PhD from Harvard University and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont School of Medicine in clinical addiction research.
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Albert Herz, an outstanding neuropharmacologist and valued colleague, died peacefully on November 9, 2018. He began his career at the Theoretical Institute of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Psychiatry, now known as the MPI of Neurobiology, originally as a Research Group Leader in 1962 and later as head of the Department of Nueropharmacology. Dr. Herz received numerous awards for his research, including the Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award from CPDD in 1988.
Dr. Herbert D. Kleber, a pioneer of addiction research and treatment, died while travelling in Europe with his wife and family on October 5, 2018. At the time of his death, Dr. Kleber was Professor of Psychiatry and Emeritus Director of the Division on Substance Use Disorders at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Kleber served on the Board of Directors of CPDD from 2003 to 2007, and was the recipient of the Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award in 1995.
David John Allsop, Ph.D died on August 13, 2018 in Sydney, Australia following a fierce battle with cancer. He contributed to many NCPIC projects on cannabis interventions, along with the emerging topics of synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists and the medicinal potential for a range of cannabinoids. He negotiated and drove the first nabiximols (Sativex) study at NCPIC and managed the project to a highly successful conclusion. On the day of his death, the CAMS16 study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia. This was a study of Australians self-medicating with illicit cannabis. His work will continue to be published from time to time, allowing this and the next generation of cannabinoid scientists in Australia and around the world, to build on his important legacy.
Dr. Conan Kornetsky passed away peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, December 21, 2018. Dr. Kornetsky was a renowned scientist who undertook pioneering research in drug addiction. His contributions to the field of drug abuse include studies on the causes of juvenile heroin abuse, the effects of LSD on cognitive function, and the effects of drugs of abuse on brain reward systems. He received multiple awards and accolades including distinguished alumnus awards from both the University of Maine and the University of Kentucky. In addition, he received the prestigious Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award in 2005. Dr. Kornetsky was a Charter Fellow of CPDD, served on the Board, and was the recipient of the Mentorship Award in 2002.
If you would like to honor a CPDD member, please send photos, obituaries, and personal stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.