Dear Teratology Society Members,
We are sorry to share the sad news that Society member and friend Edward J. Lammer passed away this weekend. Ed joined the Teratology Society in 1987 and was an active member, serving at times on both the Education and Public Affairs Committees. He was the very first recipient of the prestigious F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award in 1998.
As a Principal Investigator at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Oakland, CA, Ed's research focused on identifying genetic and environmental contributions to common major malformations, including gene-environment interactions and using epidemiological approaches to investigate causes of common birth defects and other adverse perinatal outcomes.
Ed received his medical degree and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and Preventive Medicine resident at the Centers for Disease Control and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California-San Francisco.
Also a member of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, American Society of Human Genetics, Craniofacial Genetics Society, and Society for Pediatric Research, Ed was well known and loved throughout the community.
Ed grew up in a large family in Iowa and is survived by his wife Dibsy (in photo) and son Aaron and daughter Ellie (Eleanor).
Details regarding the memorial service being planned for Ed this Friday are below in the Comments section.
Members are welcome to post their remembrances of Ed using the Comments function below, and we will share them with his family. Please note you must be signed in to BDR Connection to use the Comments function.
Ed loved the Grateful Dead and good wine, leaving a large collection of both. Perhaps, this evening, those of us who knew and loved him might put on a record and enjoy a glass of wine in his honor.
With warm regards,
Tacey E.K. White, PhD Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS
President, Teratology Society Vice President, Teratology Society
Ed's Obituary may be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=177835505
Ed's family encourages donations in his name to the Sempervirens Fund: https://sempervirens.org/
The New York Times ran the following article about Ed and his work: