GAITHERSBURG, MD. — MURAL – Richard J., Ph.D., 66, Johnstown, and Gaithersburg, Md., died May 29, 2014, in Rockville, Md., as the result of complications from cancer. Dr. Mural was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Myrtle (Pratt) and the late William Mural. He received his bachelor’s degree in zoology (with honors) from the University of Michigan in 1969 and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Georgia in 1978. From 1978 to 1985, Dr. Mural served as a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute - Frederick Cancer Research Facility, and an instructor in the graduate biology program at Hood College, Frederick, Md. In 1985, Dr. Mural moved to the biology division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.). While there, he co-invented one of the earliest and most widely-used gene-finding and gene prediction programs, GRAIL, which was recognized by an R&D 100 Award from Research & Development Magazine in 1992. Between 2000 and 2005, Dr. Mural was the director of scientific content at Celera Corp. (Rockville, Md.), one of the earliest and most successful commercial ventures of the “Genome Era.” He contributed to the research resulting in decoding the DNA sequences for the human, mouse and Anopheles gambiae genomes. For his work, Dr. Mural was named an “unsung hero” of the Human Genome Project by Science magazine in 2001. Since 2005, Dr. Mural has served as the chief scientific officer of Windber Research Institute, which is leading tissue banking efforts for John P. Murtha Cancer Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also was part of the Breast Cancer Data Analysis Working Group of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, and served as an associate editor for the scientific journal Genomics. During his scientific career, he authored more than 65 book and journal manuscripts, and he gave numerous scientific presentations in the United States and abroad. During the past two years of his life, Dr. Mural used his knowledge of DNA sequence analysis and cancer genomics in his fight against both lung cancer and malignant melanoma. At the time of his death, he was participating in a clinical trial for an investigational new drug to combat melanoma, personally contributing to the scientific knowledge of this disease. Richard Mural’s survivors include his mother, Myrtle Mural, Northfield, Ohio; wife of 24 years, Dr. Jane Gallager Mural, Gaithersburg, Md.; daughter, Rachel Mural, Gaithersburg, Md.; son, Dr. Zachary (Megan) Mural; granddaughter, Molly, Centreville, Va.; and brother, Greg (Annette) Mural, Northfield, Ohio. A celebration of Dr. Mural’s life and accomplishments will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested in his name to Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Clinical Breast Care Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; or Windber Research Institute, Windber.
- District Deaths July 25, 2014
Clara Murphy Bond Bell
BELL – Clara Murphy Bond, Windsor, N.C., and Edenhouse in Bertie County, N.C., died Monday, July 21, 2014.
Fred G. Biller
BILLER – Fred G., 91, Cresson, died July 24, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg.
John R. Haywood
HAYWOOD – John R., 82, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
David G. Hull Jr.
HULL – David G. “Too Tall” Jr., 60, South Fork, died July 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
KRISKO – Stephan “Tib,” 89, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Elizabeth Anne Muncert
MUNCERT – Elizabeth Anne, 86, Johnstown, passed away July 23, 2014, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.
SCHULLER – Sadie, 85, Moxham, lost her battle with cancer July 23, 2014, at home.
Mary Grace Spodinak
SPODINAK – Mary Grace, 87, Johnstown, died July 24, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Nancy L. (Adeline) Yoder
YODER – Nancy L. (Adeline), 75, formerly of Tire Hill, died July 21, 2014, at her home at Richland Towers.
- Funerals July 25, 2014
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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