Arvin S. Glicksman, MD, 95, died January 3. He was a professor emeritus of medical science and former chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology (formerly Radiation Medicine).
A 1948 graduate of the Chicago Medical School, Dr. Glicksman received an Atomic Energy Commission Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and worked at Duke and at Brookhaven National Laboratories, contributing to the Manhattan Project. He continued his research at Sloan-Kettering Institute and joined the staff of Memorial Hospital and Sloan-Kettering, where he worked for 15 years. After conducting cancer research at the Institute for Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, he joined the faculty at the Mount Sinai Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York as a professor of radiotherapy.
In 1973 he came to Brown as chairman of its new Radiation Medicine program, serving for 17 years. Dr. Glicksman developed and chaired the Quality Assurance Review Center for the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Program. He stepped down after 25 years to become the executive director of the Rhode Island Cancer Council. In his long research career, he published more than 250 papers, and authored numerous textbooks and textbook chapters on cancer treatment. His many honors included Distinguished Alumni Awards from Chicago Medical School and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the St. George Medal of the American Cancer Society, and the Ben-Gurion Medal from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, in Israel. Dr. Glicksman maintained a private practice of radiation oncology until the age of 88.
A brilliant academician and caring physician, Dr. Glicksman was known for his marvelous sense of humor and sharp wit. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bernice, and their five children and 16 grandchildren.