Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 12, 2005

Maurice Hilleman, 85, who helped develop vaccines for mumps, measles, chicken pox and other childhood scourges, died of cancer yesterday at a Philadelphia hospital.

Dr. Hilleman worked for Merck & Co. Inc. for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1984 as senior vice president of Merck Research Labs.

Over his career, the Montana native led or began the development of vaccines against diseases that once killed or hospitalized millions, including measles, German measles, meningitis, pneumonia and hepatitis. He began work on the mumps vaccine after his daughter developed the illness at age 5.

"Maurice Hilleman will be historically remembered as the vaccinologist of the 20th century," Dr. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland, said in a statement.

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