The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the oncology community at large lost a true pioneer, mentor, and renowned researcher. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jane Cooke Wright, MD, one of seven founding members of ASCO – the only woman among the founders – and the Society’s first Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Wright died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the age of 93.
Dr. Wright’s leadership at ASCO, her contributions to the field of oncology, and her dedication and passion for finding a cure for cancer were evident throughout her life and career. She graduated with honors from New York Medical College in 1945, interned at Bellevue Hospital, and completed her residency at Harlem Hospital. Following her residency, she continued on as a visiting physician at Harlem Hospital and was also hired as a staff physician with the New York City Public Schools.
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