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January 29, 1988 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-29

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1988

NAME: Jerome Horwitz
AGE: 69
OCCUPATION: Chairman of the
Department of Chemistry, Michigan
Cancer Foundation.
RESIDENCE: Southfield
- FAMILY: Married 36 years to Sharon
Newman, a salesperson at the Slades
gift store. Two children, Carol Kaftan
and Suzanne Gross and three
grandchildren. Two sisters, Geraldine
Rafelson and Harriet Hiller.
EDUCATION: Undergraduate degree from
the University of Detroit. Master's
degree and doctorate in chemistry from
the University of Michigan. Postdoctoral
fellowship in chemistry from the
University of Michigan and
Northwestern University.
SYNAGOGUE: B'nai Moshe
ORGANIZATIONS: American Association
for the Advancement of Science,
American Association for Cancer
Research and Editorial Advisory Board
member for Nucleosides & Nucleotides.
FAVORITE BOOK: Five Books of Moses
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Synthesized
the drug AZT, which is useful against
AIDS. The Jerome P. Horwitz Chair for
Biomedical Research, endowed at the
Michigan Cancer Foundation by
Burroughs Wellcome Co. (the
manufacturer of AZT), in November
1987. Michigan Cancer Foundation
Distinguished Service Award for
chemotheraputic treatments of cancer

HOBBIES: Music, singing, reading and a
devout U of M fan.
BACKGROUND: Jerome Horwitz grew up
in Detroit in the Dexter area, first on
Elmhurst then on Lawrence. He had his
bar mitzvah at B'nai Moshe, where he
is still an active member. "I am a long
standing member at B'nai Moshe. I'm a
member of the ritual committee and I
sing in the men's choir. I just love it,"
says Horwitz. As a youngster, music was
an integral part of his life. His father
was an excellent singer. Also, many
family members played instruments
although the family business was
wholesale and poultry eggs. Horwitz
always enjoyed reading science books as
a child. After graduating Central High
School, he attended the University of
Detroit and became inspired by some of
his professors. He then continued to
pursue the field of chemistry, receiving
a doctorate at the University of
Michigan. After postdoctoral fellowships
at the University of Michigan and
Northwestern University, he taught
organic chemistry for five years at the
Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1956,
he came back to Detroit as a research
associate at the Detroit Institute of
Cancer Research, a precursor to the
Michigan Cancer Foundation. Horwitz,
while researching chemotherapeutic
treatments, synthesized the drug
AZT 20 years ago, which is used today
in the treatment of AIDS. Because of
this original scientific finding, Horwitz
has been featured in People magazine
and was "Person of the Week" on ABC
News with Peter Jennings. He is also a
professor at the Wayne State University
School of Medicine. As Chairman of the
Department of Chemistry at Michigan
Cancer Foundation, he continues his
research in improving the therapy of
cancer. Horwitz is committed to cancer
research: "I came to the Michigan
Cancer Foundation hoping that my
work could make a difference, then my
life would be well spent relieving
'suffering." Horwitz spends his free time
with his family, enjoying his
grandchildren and singing at his
synagogue.

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