Lawrence Fischer, Ph.D., former Michigan State University (MSU) professor and founding director of the MSU Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, died on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. He was 80.
Fischer became the director of the MSU Institute of Environmental Toxicology in 1985. There he brought together researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds to form the MSU SRP Center in 1988, which is presently the longest standing program grant at MSU.
"He will be remembered for his open and relaxed demeanor, which was a hallmark of his effectiveness in building campus-wide relationships," said current MSU SRP Center Director Norbert Kaminski, Ph.D. "During his nineteen-year tenure at MSU and under his leadership, our toxicology research and graduate training became nationally and internationally recognized for excellence.
Fischer was instrumental in shaping undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional student training in toxicology at MSU. In addition to teaching and training numerous doctoral and postdoctoral students in his own laboratory, he served as the director of the graduate training program in environmental toxicology for 15 years.
Fischer also served on many scientific advisory committees throughout his career, including the Governor's Michigan Environmental Science Board, the Michigan Air Toxics Policy Committee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board on Mercury, the Science Advisory Group on Electromagnetic Fields and Childhood Leukemia Study for the National Cancer Institute, and the National Academy of Science Committee on Drinking Water Contaminants.
"Larry was a brilliant scientist and a driving force behind the SRP Center at MSU," said NIEHS SRP Director William Suk, Ph.D. "He was an amazing human being who had a profound impact on his colleagues, students, friends, and family."