Nutrition researcher honoured
By Elliott Platt
Kenneth Carroll contributed greatly to the department of biochemistry and an honorary chair will be set up in his memory.
"A chair is an endowment set up to support a salary of someone who is appointed to the designated chair," said Bill Bridger, Western's VP-research. He added the chair is being established to honour Carroll and to create a presence of research.
"We hope to obtain approximately $2 million for the chair to establish a Ken Carroll chair in human nutrition, whereby that person would also be the director of the centre for human nutrition," said Bessie Borwein, assistant dean of research in the faculty of medicine.
Carroll came to Western as a graduate student in 1947 and in 1949 received the first PhD in biochemistry awarded by Western. His most recent research was on the influence of citrus juices on breast cancer cells, Borwein said.
Furthermore, Carroll was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received the Life Time Achievement Award of the American Oil Chemists Society in 1995.
The late Carroll was commemorated in Ottawa on Oct. 21 through a standing order 31. "A standing order is an opportunity before question period in the House of Commons, where members of Parliament are allowed one minute to speak of an issue of importance or pay tribute to someone," said Martha Murray, an assistant to Joe Fontana, MP of London North Centre.
"Mr. Fontana took that opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. Carroll," she said.
"Dr. Carroll was a pre-eminent nutritionist guru and I wanted the people of Canada to understand the loss because he contributed a lot to human nutrition around the world," Fontana said.
Kevin Goldthorpe, campaign director for Western, also noted Carroll's significance. "Dr. Carroll was sought after world-wide, by the Palm Oil Research Institute and the Citrus Growers Groups in Florida and the U.S. army for work on nutrition."