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.
Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
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Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko
KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.
MATIJEVICH – Nicholas, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died July 28, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daisy "Doodles" Miller
MILLER – Daisy “Doodles,” aged 16 years, was released from this life into the next on Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Dorene and Ian Miller, Andrea Brooks, and Jayme Brooks.
Ethel M. Miller
MILLER – Ethel M., 95, Ebensburg, formerly of Barnesboro, died July 29, 2014, at her home with her daughter, Patty, by her side.
Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters
PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.
PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.
Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock
SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor), 87, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.
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Michele L. Bernat
BERNAT – Michele L., 45, Mundys Corner, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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