Roy Lee Walford

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Roy Lee Walford

San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Death 27 Apr 2004 (aged 79)
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 42511573 · View Source
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A pioneer in the field of life extension. He died at age 79 of respiratory failure as a complication of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was a leading advocate of calorie restriction as a method of life extension and health improvement. Dr. Walford is credited with significantly furthering research on the discovery that laboratory mice, when fed a diet that restricted their caloric intake by 50% yet maintained nutritional requirements, could almost double their expected life span.

He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1948. He completed his internship at Gorgas Memorial Hospital, Panama, and served his residency at the V.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then served two years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Dr. Walford joined the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1954. He became a Professor of Pathology at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1966. He became Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emeritus, for UCLA, when he left to join the crew of Biosphere 2 in 1991.

While at UCLA, Dr. Walford served in the following roles:

Director of the Blood Bank and of the Hematology Division of the Clinical Laboratories (1959-1980)
Director of the School of Medical Technology (1962-1972)
Chairman of the Vivarium Committee (1965-1968)
In addition to his service at UCLA, he was an expert advisor in immunology for the World Health Organization from 1969 to 1984, was a senatorial delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1981, and a member of the National Institute on Aging.

His honors and awards include:

Levine Award of the American Society of Clinical Pathology
Research Award of the American Aging Association
Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America
Henderson Award from the American Geriatrics Society
The Senator Alan Cranston Award
Infinity Award of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Asteroid #4629 was named after him by its discoverer (E. Helene) in 1986
Dr. Walford and his work were featured in print in dozens of articles in popular publications such as Omni, Discover, and Scientific American. Dr. Walford was one of the eight "crew members" who were sealed inside Biosphere 2 where they lived from September 26, 1991 – September 26, 1993. Dr. Walford served as the crew's physician. During his stay in Biosphere 2, the crew found that they could not grow as much food as anticipated, so Dr. Walford convinced the crew to follow his calorie restriction diet.Walford authored several books, and set out his dietary beliefs in the bestseller Beyond the 120-Year Diet. In addition, he published at least 340 scientific papers, mainly focused on the biology of aging.


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