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已有 8163 次阅读 2013-8-24 13:16 |个人分类:观点|系统分类:人物纪事

纪念一个伟大而又平凡的人- Victor A. Fung

 

一个无权无势的小百姓如何得到别人的尊敬? 当我讲完Victor Fung的故事也许答案就有了.

 

Victor Fung在波多黎各(Porto Rico)出生,他从事化学致癌物研究多年后转到美国的NIH工作20多年. 四年前他发现有恶化的肺癌,前几天去世. Victor 痴爱歌剧,做几手好菜, 有很多好朋友. 我去过的学校都能找到 Victor的朋友, 所有他认识的人都对他有很高的评价.我认识Victor近10年, 将他的几个突出的个性介绍一下以纪念VictorFung的令人敬重的一人.

 

Victor爱帮人, 特别是需要帮助的人. Victor在NIH的基金评审的StudySection工作10多年,退休前是SRO.按职责,SRO应该帮助基金申请人但很多SRO只求少做事.因为是政府的职员 (待遇应比公务员还好),干多也没有奖金,只要不出错,日子会过得很好.Victor可不想那么混而是把帮助人真正当作自己的职责.据我所知,几乎所有Victor管辖的基金申情人都受到Victor的帮助.有时他星期天给你讲解申请基金的关键步骤,有时会直接打电话给你帮助.当然都是工作职责允许的范围.这样,一年他要帮大概200多人,10几年要有几千人受益.

 

Victor十分好客.大家记忆最好的是每次基金评审前在Victor家的大餐.由于基金评委很多情况下给同一申请书不同的分数,会审时很难按时完成,处理不好还会导致会上争论不休.为减少不必要的争论,victor自己花钱给大家在开会前大餐一次.当然每人也会带些小礼品给Victor.这样做,victor结识了更多的朋友.

 

Victor十分乐观向上.当victor得知自己的肺癌已有骨转移后,他没有被吓着,而是积极打听最为合理的治疗方案,与朋友聊天,继续看歌剧.我有幸邀请他来我们这里做基金申请的讲座,他也高兴得答应了.当然他以前帮过的朋友也都积极出主意想办法帮他.在癌症骨转移后Victor能坚持四年多,与他的乐观不无关系.Victor也受过委屈,但他很快投入到帮其他人上面.下面是Victor在得病后给朋友的Email通讯,从中可见他的乐观态度.

 

虽然VictorFung离开这个他喜爱的世界,他却留给我们极好的财富.无论世道多么不公平,我们都要想办法帮助需要帮助的人;不管认识与否,我们都要好客;无论多大的灾难来临,我们都应有一颗乐观向上的心作为华人,无论你做什么工作,我们都应这样做,这样5%的人群又有了95%的朋友和支持者, 一个民族才可以在美利坚扎下根开出花.

 

附邮件:

Dear Friends,

I hope that you had a happy Memorial Day and took a break from writing grant applications and the lab by enjoying a nice barbecue.

I am doing fine. Since my previous communication with you, I have had several maintenance treatments. The results of the blood tests taken before treatment continue to be excellent. However, a PET scan showed an increase in metabolic activity on the spine. My oncologist examined the images,  compared  them to the previous CAT and PET scans and concluded that there was no need for concern, especially in light of excellent clinical observations. Interestingly, there have been several papers reporting on a paradoxical phenomenon – osteoblastic bone flare – the development of osteoblastic lesions during treatment with erlotinib (Tarceva) indicating a major response in patients with  non-small cell lung cancer.  A similar effect was reported for the class of isophosphonate agents (to which  zometa belongs). This is considered to be a transient effect. The papers noted that it was important for physicians to be aware of this effect and not misinterpret this phenomenon as progressive disease resulting in premature cessation of effective therapy. Thanks to my friend Alvaro Leone in Rome for alerting me to  this phenomenon.

I have been very active – maybe too active and I have to be careful not to do too much. I visited Berlin in April and made several trips to New York. My taste and appetite continue to improve. Last night  I was able to enjoy a piece of an outrageously rich but light tasting chocolate cake (a creation of Simone Beck who collaborated with Julia Child on her first cookbook). The cake is only 8” in diameter and 2” high but contains 10 ounces each of butter and chocolate. One of my friends at the CPSC thought that the FDA should be regulating this cake as a mood swinging agent. I was not able to appreciate this cake 6 months ago. I am looking forward to going to Santa Fe in August  for some clean air and a week of opera. Of course, I still have to contend with some treatment side effects and I need to be creative in addressing these issues. In the meantime, I am enjoying watching the French Tennis Open, reading books and watching movies occasionally.

Unfortunately the funding situation at NIH has not improved. The latest communication on grant awards indicated that NCI funding will remain flat for competing renewals and will be reduced by 3% for non-competing renewals. Apparently, some investigators have tried to bypass the shorter page limits for applications. In response, the NIH has issued a notice indicating some of the strategies used and cautions that applications will be returned if the page limits are exceeded.  

With warmest regards.

Victor

 

Dear XXX,

 

Thanks for thinking of me.

 

About 10:30 pm on Friday night, a very violent storm swept the DC area without much warning. The lightning display was awesome and lasted about 30 minutes. The wind and rain were fierce and caused a lot of damage – down power lines and trees blocked roads. Consequently about 1.3 million people (including myself) were without power. Fortunately, the power was restored in my area at 11:15pm last night and I am doing well.. However,  about 500,000 people are still without power.

 

All the best.

 

Victor

  

Dear Friends,

 

Wishing you  a  Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 I am doing well , at least well enough to travel a lot in October: trips to New York for 4 operas at the MET (2 operas on a Saturday just like the normal good old days), to Albuquerque for the Metal Toxicity Conference (I was surprised that I had enough energy to attend all sessions) and to  a family reunion in Miami. My trip in Miami overlapped with  Sandra’s  visit in Washington – thus I missed all the excitement. I  hope that all is fine with you.



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