Charles Aubrey “Mickey” LeMaistre, a former president of MD Anderson Cancer and a pioneer of cancer prevention, died Jan. 27, 2017. He was 92.

LeMaistre combined his extraordinary skill as a physician, educator and academic administrator with a confident and charismatic style to become one of the giants of medicine. He touched history in being one of the early visionaries in the field of cancer prevention and control and public health oncology.

He was a force in medical education and an architect of the modern-day MD Anderson Cancer Center. On a more personal note, Mickey was a mentor and a friend to many of us in medicine, especially oncology.