Ira J. Spiro, a young radiation biologist and internationally prominent radiation oncologist and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, died February 1, 2001 of cancer. He was 46 years old.

Ira became interested in science early in life. At the age of 7, he won the first prize at a science fair organized by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. During his undergraduate studies at La Salle College in Philadelphia, he decided on a career in the biological sciences. Then he entered the graduate program in Radiological Sciences at Colorado State University, where he worked with me and was awarded the Ph.D. in 1981.

As I and my graduate students at Colorado State University reflect back on our times together during the mid 1970s, we immediately think of how Ira was an inspiration for all of us. Not only was he a kind, easygoing, polite, and considerate person with a captivating...

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