Remembrance of Dr. Leslie Nader
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Dr. Leslie Nader. Leslie succumbed to bile duct cancer after months of valiant resistance. She was 49 years old.
For nearly 20 years, Leslie was one of the driving forces at MSMR. She started here as Assistant Director in 1989 and added increasing responsibility until being named Executive Vice President in 2002.
Leslie was a 1981 graduate of Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts certificate in German. She earned her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1989 where her research focused on the interactions between polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon carcinogens and DNA.
Leslie’s knowledge of the programs and members of MSMR was extensive and her legendary collection of electronic records and files was a remarkable compendium of the history of MSMR, national and local life science educational initiatives, the animal rights movement, and the people and institutions at the center and the periphery of laboratory animal research.
While at MSMR, Leslie developed the People & Animals: United for Health curriculum and associated materials and programs, the MSMR human and animal disease sheets; the LAB Notes: Toxicology newsletter and workshops, the People & Animals calendar; the MSMR Monograph series; the Values & Decisions ethics training workshop; the Roles and Functioning of the IACUC workshop and on-line training for IACUC community members; dozens of issues of MSMR e-News, Alerts and Updates, and a host of other professional development workshops, white papers, position statements, and training options for students, teachers, researchers, and science leaders. She also compiled a detailed and concise history of the relationship of the animal rights movement to the history of animal research and was a frequent speaker on the topic.
Projects on which Leslie Nader worked won a variety of recognitions including a Gold in the 1994 Summit Awards, a Best Educational Content Award in the 1995 Calendar Awards, and the Society of Toxicology’s 2001 award for Contributions to Public Awareness of the Importance of Animals in Toxicology Research.
During her long career at MSMR, Leslie also represented the Society at the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, the Massachusetts Association of Science Supervisors, the Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers, the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, The National Institutes of Health, and the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Our condolences go to Leslie’s son Ramy, her parents Charles and Vivian, her sisters Lisa and Liane and their families, and to her many, many friends.