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In Memoriam

Please celebrate the lives and accomplishments of our distinguished members.


Eric J. Simon, Ph.D., CPDD Charter Fellow, died on Monday, March 30, 2020. Dr. Simon was a key figure in bringing the opioid research field together. Dr. Simon has been a CPDD member since 1992, and won the Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award in 1983.


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.