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Josiah F. Wedgwood was an expert on the immune system.
Josiah F. Wedgwood was an expert on the immune system. (Family Photo)
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Josiah F. Wedgwood NIH Official

Josiah F. Wedgwood, 59, a section chief at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, died Nov. 27 at a hotel in Paris, where he was vacationing with his family. His wife, Ruth, said the death certificate cites the immediate cause of death as cardiovascular collapse.

Dr. Wedgwood, a Potomac resident, joined NIAID -- one of the National Institutes of Health -- in 2002 and had been chief of the immunodeficiency and immunopathology section, in the division of allergy, immunology and transplantation. His expertise was in primary immune deficiency and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.

According to the institute, his responsibilities included oversight of the research grant portfolio and clinical trials in primary immunodeficiency diseases and in many areas of autoimmune diseases research. lupus and multiple sclerosis and primary immune deficiency.

Early in his career, Dr. Wedgwood served on the academic faculties of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and Yale University's medical school. He was the primary author of more than 25 journal articles and five book chapters on neonatology, immunology and pediatric infectious diseases.

Josiah Francis Wedgwood, a Boston native who grew up mostly in Seattle, was the son of a pediatrician and a direct descendant of the founder of the Wedgwood china and earthenware company in England. He was a 1971 graduate of Harvard University, where he also received a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology. He graduated in 1980 from George Washington University medical school.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Ruth Glushien Wedgwood, and their son Josiah R. Wedgwood; his parents; and two brothers.

Dale R. Wright Journalist

Dale R. Wright, 86, one of the first black reporters at the old New York World-Telegram and Sun newspaper, died Dec. 13 at a nursing home in New York. He had chronic kidney disease.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Wright's 10-article series on the plight of migrant workers won numerous awards and sparked legislative action to improve conditions.

Mr. Wright also worked as a press secretary to then-New York Mayor Edward Koch (D), then-U.S. Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R-N.Y.) and then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (R). He owned and operated public relations firm Dale Wright Associates, serving New York area black businesses.

-- From Staff and Wire Reports

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