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Dr Sterling K. Ainsworth

Dr Sterling K. Ainsworth

Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
Death 9 Aug 2005 (aged 65)
Alberta, Canada
Burial Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 11572527 · View Source
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Dr. Sterling K. Ainsworth, of Lyons, CO, entered into eternal rest due to injuries received in a private airplane crash August 9, in Sundre, Canada.

He was the son of Floyd Miller Ainsworth and Lois Laverne Miller Ainsworth.

Dr. Ainsworth was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical School. He was successful academically, earning a Canadian Sir Izaak Walton Killam Fellowship, a University of Alberta School of Medicine Fellowship, and a Harvard Medical Research Fellowship. He worked in medical research for 40 years, holding positions at the Alberta School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Shanghai Second Medical University, and MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina).

Dr. Ainsworth was founder and former Chairman, President, and CEO of NaPro Biotherapeutics, in Boulder; co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Phoenix Fire Systems, in Longmont; Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO for Advanced Building and Development, in Longmont; and co-founder, Chairman, and CEO for AZOS AI, in Boulder. A Fellow with The Explorer's Club, Dr. Ainsworth received two Governor's awards for contributions to Physical Fitness for South Carolinians and for founding the South Carolina Palmetto State Games. He was a member of the Safari Club International, the Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association (AOPA), and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
He thoroughly enjoyed flying, big game hunting, fishing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, and entrepreneurship.
He was a wonderful and extraordinary man who lived life to its fullest and enjoyed his days on this Earth. He died doing what he loved, flying his airplane on a fishing trip to Alaska.
His accomplishments are many, but they pale in comparison to the man who loved his family and friends so much.

Dr. Ainsworth spent his working life in the fight against cancer and was a significant contributor to the development of the cancer drug "taxol". He was greatly loved and will be missed.

Survivors include Patricia Pilia, of Longmont; a son, Sterling Ainsworth Jr., of McLean, Va.; a grandson, Ryan Ainsworth of McLean, VA., a sister, Martha Moore, of Tallahassee, FL; and a brother, Elmer Ainsworth, of Daleville, MS.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; and two brothers Floyd Ainsworth Jr.; and James Ainsworth.

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