William H. Daughaday, MD, a leading diabetes researcher, world authority on growth hormone and the former director of the metabolism division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Friday, May 3, 2013, after a long illness, in Milwaukee. He was 95.
In an article about the early years of the metabolism division, he wrote that the division was characterized by “brown-bag lunches with free exchange of scientific information and lively discussion of the world and cultural affairs” where “yelling to one another from the various laboratories” was standard practice.
His interest in endocrinology dated back to his high school days in Chicago. The father of one of his closest friends was the head of endocrinology at Northwestern University Medical School. Daughaday visited the laboratory regularly and worked there after his first year at Harvard Medical School.
Daughaday was at Washington University from 1947 until 1994.
“Bill Daughaday was a brilliant physician scientist and a gifted clinician and teacher who became fascinated with endocrinology very early in his career and rapidly became one of the preeminent academic endocrinologists of his time,” said Victoria J. Fraser, MD, the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine. “His scientific contributions transformed the field, and he made a huge impact here at Washington University through his research, patient care and the educational programs he developed. Bill will always be remembered for his scientific curiosity, intellect and leadership.”
The on-line article appearing at Washington Univeristy Newsroom: Obituary: William H. Daughaday, former director of metabolism, 95