|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1937|
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 2013|
Roger Roy Hewitt was born in Portland Oregon in 1937. Roger's father was descended from members of the Great Migration on the Oregon Trail in 1843 and his mother was descended from Irish immigrants. He was a past member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Roger earned a BA degree in Chemistry from Willamette University in 1959 and a PhD degree in Radiation Biology and Biochemistry in 1963 from the University of Rochester. He went on to have an academic and research career that included appointments at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and a joint appointment at the University of Texas Health Science Center as acting Dean. He eventually became Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In the late 1980's he relocated his laboratory and joined colleagues at the Science Park in Smithville, TX He retired from the Cancer Center in 1994. After retirement, Roger was an active volunteer in an impressive number of community service organizations in Smithville. He was especially proud to be honored in 2008 as Smithville's Citizen of the Year. Roger is survived by his wife Emily Boyd-Hewitt of Smithville and his sister Marilyn Clinkingbeard of Shalimar, Florida (son John Peacock and wife Laura); and daughters Karen Hewitt of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (children Lauren and Eric Fritzche and her husband, Dan Le Seure); Lynn Hewitt of Bay City, Texas(partnerLisa Rush); Leigh Killgore of Houston, Texas (husband, John Killgore); Carol Brej of Monterey, California (children Dagny and Dawson Brej and husband, Martin Brej). Roger's life ended on June 9, 2013 at home in Smithville , Texas. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 4:00 PM at All Faiths of the Pines, 110 American Legion Road in Smithville. Roger has requested that donations be made to the Friends of the Science Park in lieu of flowers. The address is: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park P.O. Box 389 Smithville, TX 78957
QUOTE BY JOHN MUIR
"LET CHILDREN WALK WITH NATURE, LET THEM SEE THE BEAUTIFUL BLENDINGS AND COMMUNIONS OF DEATH AND LIFE, THEIR JOYOUS
INSEPERABLE UNITY, AS TAUGHT IN WOODS AND MEADOWS, PLAINS
AND MOUNTAINS AND STREAMS OF OUR BLESSED STAR, AND THEY WILL LEARN THAT DEATH IS STINGLESS INDEED, AND AS BEAUTIFUL AS LIFE"
FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES OFFER THE FOLLOWING THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS CONCERNING ROGER: THE FIRST IS BY MICHAEL SICILIANO:
I first met Roger when I arrived at the Anderson as a postdoc in September of 1970. We became immediate friends sharing lunches, after hour drinks, weekends which brought our families together and all the attributes of collegial intimacy. He eased the rigors of working at the Anderson. We actually collaborated on a few research projects co-authoring papers and grant proposals -- some of which were successful. But, when I think of Roger and what marks him as something special was his role as a facilitator. When my first grant came in and I was looking for technical help to run my laboratory, he put me together with Billie White. She worked for me until her retirement. When I needed help with a research idea, he identified the people who could fill the role. That is how Ron Humphrey and I became collaborators for years -- pounding out papers and writing successful grant applications. When I was moved into the department chair (ad interim), it was Roger who served as my deputy and ironed out many personnel problems attendant with that position. Roger had a wonderful ad interim deanship of the graduate school -- once again facilitating relationships between graduate students and their prospective mentors.
We have all sorts of people in this world -- takers, givers, drivers, slackers, etc. Roger was special. He was a facilitator.
Michael J. Siciliano
RON HUMPHREY'S FIRST MEETING WITH ROGER. I MET ROGER WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS OF HIS ARRIVAL AT THE ANDERSON CANCER CENTER IN HOUSTON. HE HAD JUST BEGUN A POST DOC STAY WITH AN ESTABLISHED STAFF MEMBER IN RESEARCH. I HAD FOUND OUT THERE WAS A NEW PERSON WHO WAS DOING DENSITY GRADIENTS TO SEPARATE DNA MOLECULES. I WANTED TO ASK HIM IF HE WOULD HELP ME AND HIS SUPERVISOR SAID IT WAS FINE. SO I MET ROGER IN THE LABORATORY ONE DAY. I TOLD HIM WHAT I WANTED TO DO. HE WANTED TO KNOW THE SCIENTIFIC BACK GROUND OF MY REQUEST. SO WE HAD A GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT MY REQUEST. HE THOUGHT I HAD A GOOD IDEA. THEN HE MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT. I WILL BE HAPPY TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DO THE PROCEDURE, BUT I WILL NOT DO IT FOR YOU. I THOUGHT HIS STATEMENT WAS HONEST, HELPFUL AND STRAIGHT FORWARD. . THEN HE SAID ONE OTHER THING, WHICH I APPRECIATED. HE ASKED ME TO LET HIM KNOW WHAT THE RESULTS WERE AT THE END. THREE THINGS HAPPENED THAT DAY. FIRST I LEARNED ROGER WAS AN HONEST STRAIGHT FORWARD PERSON, TWO I ADOPTED HIS PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING RATHER THAN DOING FOR INDIVIDUALS, AND THIRDLY BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. FROM THAT TIME FORWARD I WATCHED AS ROGER GREW IN SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL MATURITY. IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH ROGER BECAUSE YOU KNEW YOU WERE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE HIS FULL, HONEST OPINION ABOUT A POINT. IN SCIENCE THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN HAVE.
From DR.. Ray Meyn====Roger was one of my very best friends in addition to being my long-standing colleague. I met Roger within a few days of my joining M.D.ANDERSON cancer center back in 1969. I was a post-doc in Ron Humphrey's lab interested in DNA damage and repair and Roger shared this interest. We became fast friends and scientific collaborators. During the next 10 years or so (before Roger moved to Science Park), we published several papers together. Roger taught me a lot and I owe him a great deal. He was an excellent scientist. Our 2 families also became close and I recall sharing Thanksgiving at their home at least once in the early years. Our families got together on many other occasions.
Roger was a kind man. Very easy to work with. Always willing to help his colleagues. Fun to be with. Enjoyed life and his family. I will miss him greatly.
Roger was acting dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Texas. The chart below shows his tenure in that position relative to others who held dean ships in the GSBS.
Michelle Craig Barton, Ph.D. (2012 - present)
Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D. (2012 - present)
George M. Stancel, Ph.D. (1999 - 2012)
Paul E. Darlington, Ph.D. (Interim) (1997-1999)
R. W. Butcher, Ph.D. (1979-1996)
Roger R. Hewitt, Ph.D. (Acting) (1977-1979)
Margery W. Shaw, M.D., J.D. (Acting) (1976-1977)
Alfred G. Knudson, M.D., Ph.D. (1970-1976)
Sumter S. Arnim, D.D.S., Ph.D. (1966-1970)
Paul A. Weiss, Ph.D. (1965-1966)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: remains cremated, ashes gven to family member
Created by: ron
Record added: Jun 27, 2013
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ROGER I NOTE TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY. I ALSO NOTE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MISS YOU.YOU DID TOUCH MANY LIVES AND YOU ARE REMEMBERED FOR THAT.|
Added: Nov. 27, 2013
DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REST IN PEACE AND KNOW WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU|
Added: Aug. 7, 2013