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August 26, 2010

Lawrence Raisz, M.D.

It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Lawrence Raisz, M.D., a long-serving leader in the Health Center community who became one of the preeminent experts on the management of osteoporosis and metabolic diseases in the world. Following a long illness, Dr. Raisz passed away peacefully Wednesday evening at his home with his family and two colleagues by his side.

Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.

As many of you know, Dr. Raisz truly put the UConn Health Center on the map. He was the founder of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, its second president and the founding editor of its journal, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. In addition, he was the scientific editor of the landmark Surgeon's General Report on Bone and Mineral Research. At the Health Center, Dr. Raisz was the first program director of the Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., General Clinical Research Center as well as the first director of the Musculoskeletal Institute. He capably served as the director of the UConn Center for Ostepororsis since its inception in 1990, and was cherished by his colleagues and patients alike.

Earlier this year, the Health Center honored Dr. Raisz, and his career, during our inaugural White Coat Gala. As was noted at that time, it is almost impossible to articulate all of Dr. Raisz's many contributions to the Health Center. His academic and research accomplishments spanned the globe and here in Farmington, he was an endless source of inspiration to many. He will be deeply missed.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine