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2012-06-06 / Obituaries

Dr. Thomas J. Bardos, cancer researcher

Bardos Bardos Dr. Thomas J. Bardos, 96, of Amherst, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Dr. Bardos was born in Budapest, Hungary, and graduated from the High School of the Hungarian National Teacher Training Institute and the Budapest Technical University with a degree in chemical engineering.

Before and during World War II, he was chief of the research laboratory of the Socony-Vacuum oil company in Hungary. Following the war, he was awarded the Eli Lilly research fellowship from the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained his doctorate in chemistry.

He would go on to be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical School, where he identified the structure of folinic acid, a cancer chemotherapy agent still in use today.

Dr. Bardos was a principal scientist at Armour Company, was a professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University at Buffalo, and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed chapters, papers and patents on cancer chemotherapy.

He directed the thesis research of many doctoral candidates and postdoctoral associates and won a number of research awards of his own.

Dr. Bardos established many student scholarships and created, in collaboration with the American Association for Cancer Research, the Thomas J. Bardos AACR Science Education Awards program, which has assisted more than 100 promising young cancer research scientists from universities throughout the United States.

He is survived by his wife, Maria (nee Csonka), and one brother. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (nee Choate).

A memorial service will take place at the University Presbyterian Church of Buffalo at a date to be announced later.

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