Sell dies Oct. 17

Kenneth W. Sell, former professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the School of Medicine, died Oct. 17 due to complications from diabetes. Sell joined the Emory faculty in 1985 as both pathology chair and as the first director of Emory's Winship Cancer Center.

Under Sell's leadership from 1985 until his retirement last April, Emory's pathology department grew to become one of the largest departments of pathology and laboratory medicine in the country.

As an immunologist, Sell had a special interest in the role of the immune system in cancer and was the author of numerous publications on cellular immunology and immunoregulatory systems as they relate to transplantation, autoimmunity and infectious disease.

Born in Bismarck, N.D. in 1931, Sell received his M.D. from Harvard University in 1956 and his Ph.D. in immunopathology from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1968. He was a member of 31 academic and professional societies and was the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific articles.

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