Cancer takes scientist
By Becky Somerville
Western lost a tenacious, dedicated leader and nutritional biochemist this week, as Kenneth Carroll died of cancer Saturday at the age of 75.
Carroll was the founder and director of Western's Centre for Human Nutrition and spent his entire career teaching and researching. He devoted much of his ground-breaking research to the role nutrition plays in the prevention of cancer.
Even for the 10 years of his retirement he continued to research every day, explained close friend and collaborator, Bessie Borwein.
"Ken Carroll came here with history and he made history at Western," she said.
Carroll came to Western as a graduate student in 1947 and in 1949 received the first PhD ever awarded by Western. His most recent work was research on the influence of citrus juices on breast cancer cells, Borwein said.
"He was a very quiet, very modest, kind man," said Bill Bridger, Western's VP-research and long time colleague of Carroll. "He has been the focus of nutritional research at Western for over 40 years."
Bridger mentioned Carroll's dogged determination and courage in his work and said when nutrition was not always avant-garde and was pushed off the front pages, Carroll always pressed on for what he thought was important.
"He served as an inspiration to me," Bridger said. He added Carroll was the absolute picture of fitness who rode his bike to and from work and was a familiar sight striding briskly across the university.
Bill Clark, a professor of medicine at Western and colleague at the Centre for Human Nutrition, said Carroll was very active until this August and did not stop his hockey career until about two years ago.
"He was a very humble, fine person and was an outstanding scientist with an international reputation," Clark said.