University Distinguished Professor Veronica Maher passes away April 13
Apr 14, 2017 1:00 AM
University Distinguished Professor Veronica Maher passes away April 13MSU University Distinguished Professor Veronica Mary Maher, passed away April 13 in Monroe, Michigan.
Maher, a professor emeritus of microbiology and molecular genetics and biochemistry and molecular biology, former associate dean for graduate studies and director of the DO PhD program with the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, was also a sister in the Immaculate Heart of Mary order.
A Detroit native, she graduated Summa cum laude from Marygrove College and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin before moving into research associate positions at Yale University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Her dissertation research showed for the first time that reactive forms of carcinogenic compounds attack DNA and cause mutations. This finding led to the present understanding of how chemical carcinogens and radiation cause cancer. Maher also co-owned two patents, one for producing DNA from mRNA and another for targeted cancer therapies and therapeutics.
Maher and Justin McCormick, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine associate dean for research and graduate studies, co-founded the Carcinogenesis Laboratory in 1976. They became directors of the DO-PhD Program in 1987, which is now the largest osteopathic physician-scientist training program of its kind.
A coauthor on nearly 150 research publications, Maher was also a prolific reviewer, journal editor and presenter. A skilled teacher, mentor academic advisor, many of her former graduate students are now professors at many institutions in Europe, the U.S. and in Asia.
Her funeral will take place April 18 at the Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm, Monroe, Michigan. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. and a Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m.