Having had the opportunity to communicate with John on several occasions and even to sit and have a discussion over lunch it became apparent that John was not only a brilliant mind, but a genuinely kind and down to earth person. Despite his busy schedule, he took the time give us a tour of his lab and even to answer our daughters questions. One of the best impressions we walked away with that day was his love for his family. When he showed us his office, he just beamed with pride when he spoke of his family.
Needless to say, we were shocked to learn of his passing. It is incredibly ironic that a man who dedicated his life to finding a cure for brain cancer lost his own battle with another form of this devastating disease. We can only hope that his life's work continues on as the treatments he developed have already begun to help people and we would really like to see it prove to be a cure. That would truly be a fitting tribute.
For more insight into the incredible life of Dr. Ohlfest, the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota issued the following press release which also contains a link to his obituary:
Our thoughts are with his family.