Samuel Solomon, OC, MSc, PhD

Samuel Solomon, OC, MSc, PhD

Samuel Solomon, OC, MSc, PhD (Dec 13, 2008)

Samuel Solomon died on Dec. 13, 2008, at the age of 83. Born in Brest-Litovsk, Poland in 1925, Dr. Solomon immigrated with his family to Canada in 1935. He attended McGill University and received undergraduate and doctoral degrees before joining the faculty at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor in 1955. In 1960, Dr. Solomon returned to McGill University as an associate professor and then professor in the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biochemistry. From 1965 to 1982, Dr. Solomon headed the Division of Experimental Medicine. Dr. Solomon’s research was in the field of steroid 73 biochemistry, with a focus on the fundamental molecular signaling in early development. In the 1960’s Dr. Solomon described how the placenta makes critical steroids that guide fetal development and fetal lung development. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Dr. Solomon and others researched the mechanisms of how key endocrine peptides, such as ACTH, are processed and impact growth, development and control of the immune system. His expertise as a researcher and passion as a teacher led to major innovations in the new field of molecular endocrinology and development. His work in this area led to multiple international awards and recognitions, including membership in the Royal Society of Canada, which awarded him the McLaughlin Medal. In 1997, he was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada. His expertise in an area discussed at great length at the present time, the abuse of steroids in sport, resulted in him being invited to share his expertise as a member of the Dublin Commission, in 1989. In 1995, Dr. Solomon was named Professor Emeritus. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed life in the Eastern Townships, where he became an enthusiastic gardener and he came to love the area and its people. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dusty Vineberg Solomon, a retired journalist. He is also survived by three sons from his previous marriage to Sheila Horn Bisaillon, Dr. David Solomon (Lucy Solimar) of Copenhagen, Denmark and New York City, Dr. Peter Solomon (Anne Gillespie) of Chelsea, Quebec, and Jonathan Solomon (Melissa Johnson) of Ottawa, and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Dr. Larry J. Copeland

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