Mark Green, former director of Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center, died Feb. 23, 2015, at the age of 70.

Green was an important figure in the development of medical oncology and played a pivotal role in the history of both cancer centers.

Green received his MD from Harvard University and trained at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital, the NCI and Stanford University. In 1976, he joined UCSD, where he held the Edwin and Evelyn Tasch Chair in Cancer Research and served as director of the UCSD Cancer Center. In 1986, he led the center to its first NCI designation.