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Dr Richard Olney

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Dr Richard Olney

  • Birth 15 Dec 1947 Munich (München), Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Death 27 Jan 2012 Corte Madera, Marin County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes were scattered in four different locations: in Oregon, on the South Sister mountain and at the nearby Green Lakes area; at Cataract Falls on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California; and on the Galápagos Islands.
  • Memorial ID 84264732

Medical Researcher. He was internationally renowned for his dedication to finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for which he also suffered from during the last eight years of his life. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1968 and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1973. As a medical researcher, he spent nearly his entire 25-year career at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with the 18 of those years focused on ALS. In 1993, he opened the UCSF ALS Center to pursue treatments for the disease. In 2004, he resigned from the Center to focus on his own ALS health issues, but he still received experimental treatment there in order to continue the advancement in research for a potential cure. Cause of Death: Complications from ALS.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
  • Added: 31 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84264732
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Richard Olney (15 Dec 1947–27 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84264732, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes were scattered in four different locations: in Oregon, on the South Sister mountain and at the nearby Green Lakes area; at Cataract Falls on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California; and on the Galápagos Islands..