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FUENTES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-22 published
FLAMENCO, Ana Julia
Died suddenly at her residence on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the age of 69 years. Beloved mother of Maria Elena JUAREZ and Pastor FUENTES. Cherished grandmother of Jimmy FUENTES (Amanda,) David FUENTES (Wendy), Ana Helen and great-granddaughter, Selina FUENTES. Friends will be received at the Needham Funeral Service, 520 Dundas Street (434-9141) on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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FUENTES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-19 published
FUENTES, Ana
Peacefully at home with her family by her side on Thursday November 17, 2005. She is survived by her children Brenda, Victor, Franklin, daughter-in-law Gabriela and grandchildren Claudia, Lia, Valentina, Kristina and great grandchild Violeta. She will be dearly missed by her surviving siblings and extended family in Chile, Australia and Sweden. Friends will be received at the Eglinton Chapel of McDougall and Brown, 1812 Eglinton Avenue West on Sunday November 20 from 5 p.m. until time of Service at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the family at the funeral home to her favorite cause.

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FUERST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-09 published
FUERST, Clarence Ronald
At Mount Sinai Hospital on March 7, 2005 in his 77th year, as a result of complications due to Parkinson's Disease. Cherished husband of 52 years of Katherine. Loved and loving father of Michelle (David WATT,) Linda (Michael KUCAN,) and Darren (Lorena.) Proud grandfather of Ryan and John KUCAN, Elsa FUERST, Katie (Trevor) WALLACE, and Lindsay WATT. Brother of Gordon (Joyce) FUERST of Edmonton. Predeceased by his parents William and Ella FUERST of Bashaw, Alberta. Born and raised on the family farm in Alberta, he became the first member of his rural community to attend university. He excelled academically, receiving both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Following the completion of his doctorate, he was awarded a Fellowship to the Pasteur Institute at Paris, France, where he worked from 1955 to 1957. He remained ever grateful to the Canadian academic community for the scholarship funds that had permitted him to pursue his education, and so, on the completion of his Fellowship, he elected to return to Canada. He worked as a Molecular Geneticist at the Ontario Cancer Institute (Princess Margaret Hospital) and became a Professor in the Departments of Medical Genetics and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Honesty, integrity and the pursuit of excellence were the values that guided his life. At his request, a private family service will take place, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation - Cancer Research Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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FUERST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-11 published
Clarence FUERST, Biochemist: 1928-2005
'The perfect scientist' is credited with laying the foundation of the genetics department at the University of Toronto
By Allison LAWLOR, Monday, April 11, 2005, Page S9
As a Canadian scientist who began his career in the pioneering days of molecular biology, Clarence FUERST never lost his belief in the value of pursuing science purely for the love of science.
Credited for having played a key role in building the Ontario Cancer Institute and the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto, Dr. FUERST spent two formative years in Paris in the mid-1950s, working in what was then widely considered the best lab in Europe.
After completing his PhD in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a fellowship at the renowned Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1955. While at the institute, Dr. FUERST worked under the supervision of François Jacob, who would go onto win the 1965 Nobel Prize for Medicine with colleagues André Lwoff and Jacques Monod for their groundbreaking discoveries concerning the genetic regulation of enzyme and virus synthesis.
"It was the early era of microbiology," said Lou SIMINOVITCH, who is often called the father of Canadian genetics. "It was an exciting time."
Dr. SIMINOVITCH, who was at the Pasteur Institute around the same time, recalled how small the field of microbiology was in the early 1950s. He remembered attending a conference held near Paris, which drew all the scientists around the world working in the field at the time. About 80 people were in attendance, he said.
When Dr. FUERST's fellowship ended, in 1957, he chose to return to Canada instead of heading to the United States, where large pharmaceutical companies were luring scientists working in his field. He felt he owed a debt to the country that had helped him pursue his dream.
"Had it not been for the Canadian scholarships [he received], he wouldn't have been able to pursue his education," his daughter Michelle FUERST said.
Dr. SIMINOVITCH had also returned to Canada and was working in Toronto at the Cancer Institute of Ontario, located at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was starting a microbiology lab and recruited Dr. FUERST to work with him. At the institute, Dr. FUERST continued what would become his lifelong work studying bacterial viruses or bacteriophages, which have been important in the development of our understanding of all types of viruses. At that time, there were very few scientists in Canada working in this area.
"He was a lab scientist," Dr. SIMINOVITCH said, adding that it wasn't uncommon for his colleague to spend up to 15 hours a day there. "When he did an experiment, it was always very accurate."
Clarence Ronald FUERST was born on the family farm in rural Bashaw, Alberta. He was the eldest of the two sons of Bill and Ella FUERST. He grew up through both the Depression and the Second World War, when the FUERST family, like other prairie farm families, lived through tough times. In his early years, there was no electricity or running water in the farmhouse. With little money for hired help, Dr. FUERST and his brother always had chores to do. At one point, the young Dr. FUERST feared that he wouldn't be able to finish high school because he had to devote so much time to the farm during the harvesting and planting seasons.
It was in high school where Dr. FUERST discovered he had an aptitude for science and decided to go onto study agriculture at the University of Alberta. Initially, his family was not happy, as he was expected to return home and take over the family farm. He excelled academically and was awarded scholarships to complete his master of science degree. Any prospect that he would return to the farm vanished.
Before leaving Alberta for California, where he was going to pursue his PhD, he met a young registered nurse named Katherine PAWLOWSKI on a blind date. In 1952, the couple married in California. They later had three children.
"He loved discovery for its own sake," said Paul SADOWSKI, a former colleague in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto. "He didn't care if he got credit for his discoveries."
Sadly, much of his work lies hidden in notebooks, Dr. SADOWSKI said. He had difficulty knowing when to stop his rigorous research in order to write down his discoveries and have them published. In addition to his scientific research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, he became a full professor in 1968 in the departments of Medical Genetics and Microbiology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.
"From him I learned not only how to think about experiments, how to question one's reasoning all the time, but also how to keep one's humanity in a sometimes not-too-friendly world," a former student, Helios MURIALDO, wrote in a speech he delivered when Dr. FUERST retired from the university in 1993. "From him I learned that one can never be critical enough of one's own hypothesis."
Although Dr. FUERST formally retired at the age of 65, he continued to teach part-time at the university for a number of years. He also continued to participate in examining doctoral candidates.
"He was so principled," Dr. SADOWSKI said. "He was the moral compass for the department."
Between work and family, there was little time for anything else. Often he brought work home with him and, fuelled by black coffee and cigarettes, toiled into the early morning hours at the kitchen table with slide ruler in hand. "He was a quiet man," Michelle FUERST said. "The perfect scientist."
Clarence FUERST was born on May 9, 1928, in Bashaw, Alberta., and died in Toronto on March 7, 2005. Dr. FUERST died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on March 7 from complications due to Parkinson's disease. He was 76. He leaves his wife Katherine children Michelle, Linda and Darren; brother Gordon and grandchildren Ryan, John, Elsa, Katie and Lindsay.

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FUERST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-09 published
FUERST, Clarence Ronald
At Mount Sinai Hospital on March 7, 2005 in his 77th year, as a result of complications due to Parkinson's Disease. Cherished husband of 52 years of Katherine. Loved and loving father of Michelle (David WATT,) Linda (Michael KUCAN,) and Darren (Lorena.) Proud grandfather of Ryan and John KUCAN, Elsa FUERST, Katie (Trevor) WALLACE, and Lindsay WATT. Brother of Gordon (Joyce) FUERST of Edmonton. Predeceased by his parents William and Ella FUERST of Bashaw, Alberta. Born and raised on the family farm in Alberta, he became the first member of his rural community to attend university. He excelled academically, receiving both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Following the completion of his doctorate, he was awarded a Fellowship to the Pasteur Institute at Paris, France, where he worked from 1955 to 1957. He remained ever grateful to the Canadian academic community for the scholarship funds that had permitted him to pursue his education, and so, on the completion of his Fellowship, he elected to return to Canada. He worked as a Molecular Geneticist at the Ontario Cancer Institute (Princess Margaret Hospital) and became a Professor in the Departments of Medical Genetics and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Honesty, integrity and the pursuit of excellence were the values that guided his life. At his request, a private family service will take place, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation - Cancer Research Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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