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J. Tyson Tildon ,PhD - An African American Obituary

Posted: 1 Mar 2006 4:30PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Tildon
J. Tyson Tildon
BALTIMORE,MD - Dr. J. Tyson Tildon, a neuroscientist who created and headed the Division of Pediatric Research at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, died Tuesday 28 Feb 2006 of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74.

Tildon conducted research in the biochemistry of certain types of mental retardation. He coined the term "metabolic trafficking," by which one cell type supplies nutrients to another, colleagues said. He wrote 115 scientific papers and eight book chapters.

Colleagues said that because Tildon, who was black, was barred from attending Baltimore's segregated academic high schools in the 1950s, he was eager to influence educational decisions and reforms decades later.

Born in Baltimore, Tildon was a 1950 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. He earned a chemistry degree from Morgan State University in 1954 and a doctorate in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1965.

He studied at Brandeis University, and in 1967, he joined the Goucher College faculty.

In 1968, the University of Maryland recruited him to its Department of Pediatrics, where he taught and conducted research until his retirement in 2000.


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