Fitch Lectureship

Frank Fitch, our mentor, colleague and consummate professor. Frank made enormous contributions to the academic community at the University of Chicago and beyond for over 55 years. Frank was a member of the University of Chicago faculty in the Department of Pathology, Ben May Institute (BMI) and Committee on Immunology (COI). His research was top-tier as his lab contributed to our understanding of T cell immunology, especially cytotoxic and helper T cell function (Frank was among the first to describe T cell subsets), the development of enormously valuable tools in the early days of monoclonal antibody and T cell cloning, and the field of organ transplantation (passive immunization for one). During this incredible career, Frank trained thirty-five Ph.D. and M.D. PhD. students and seven postdoctoral fellows. He taught in countless medical, graduate and undergraduate students and mentored anyone who knocked on his door.

On a national scale, Frank has been a leader in the scientific community as council member and president of the American Association of Immunologists, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Immunology and president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). In each of these roles, Frank was a leader in stressing the need for public education – for educating both the public and science and representatives and legislators on the importance of basic research. And of course, Frank has helped educate the world about the Hopi Indians.

Of course, many of you know that Frank credits all of his accomplishments in large part due to his partnership with Shirley, who he met in third grade, started dating in high school and as husband and wife for something like 65 years. His marriage and collegiality transcend his other contributions and tells us about the man and his commitment to a life of contribution, sacrifice, love and friendship.

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