In Memoriam: Samuel W. French, MD


We were saddened to learn that long-time ASIP member Dr. Samuel W. French passed away on Christmas day at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Dr. French was 94 years old. As many of you know, he was an exceptional pathologist, educator and researcher with tireless and insatiable academic passion for more than half a century. His prolific and original research particularly on alcoholic liver disease (ALD), resulted in nearly 500 publications. His seminal contributions to science on hypoxia, nutrition, and Mallory-Denk bodies in ALD, were recognized by highest honors including Lifetime Achievement Award by Research Society on Alcoholism and the 2014 ASIP Gold Headed Cane Award. Dr. French was an active ASIP member from January 1, 1965 until his death.

He graduated from UC Berkley and UC San Francisco Medical School and trained in UCSF General Hospital and New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He was Vice Chairman of Pathology at UC Davis (1978-82), Chairman of Pathology at University of Ottawa (1982-1990), Chief of Anatomic Pathology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (1990-) and Distinguished Professor of Pathology at UCLA (2004-). He was one of the original 4 principal investigators for NIAAA/NIH-supported Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis founded in 1999 and served as director of the center’s Morphology Core, providing his unmatched pathologic expertise and wisdom to numerous projects pursued by the center members and investigators across the nation and around the world. Many of us are beneficiaries of his professionalism and friendship to which we are deeply indebted. It is a huge and sad loss and he will be missed. We offer sincere condolences and prayers to Barbara, his wife, and his family members. A virtual memorial service is planned in the future. For more information, please contact Ms. Adriana Flores of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.