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Dr. Terry Oberley, Cancer Researcher dies at 67

We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Terry Oberley, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, who passed away in the early morning of October
15, 2013 at the age of 67.


Terry Oberley, MD, PhD

Dr. Oberley joined the University of Wisconsin in 1974 as an Intern in Pathology and went on to complete both Residency and Fellowship programs here. In 1977, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor and easily progressed through the academic ranks to Professor in 1991. Dr. Oberley also held an appointment at the William S. Middleton Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison, WI and in 2011, received the VA Research Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the years, he has served as Director of Electron Microscopy since 1983, as Interim Chair of the Department in 1995 and as Vice Chair of the Department from 1996 through 2011. Oberley was also a member of the UWCCC Experimental Therapeutics scientific program.


Dr. Oberley was a consummate physician scientist with an unsurpassed passion for his research focusing on free radical biology in cancer. Despite suffering from chronic renal failure necessitating dialysis throughout his entire professional life, he rarely missed a day of work. He mentored numerous graduate students, postdocs and pathology trainees, many of whom now fill academic positions throughout the country.


His expertise, wisdom and humanity will be sorely missed in the Department of Pathology and the UW SMPH, as well as throughout campus and the community.


Dr. Oberley is survived by his sons Matt (Khahn) and Alexander. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at 10am at the Unitarian Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI. Additional information about services and memorials will be shared as they become available.


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Date Published: 10/23/2013

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