In Memory of Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D.

The PCF community mourns the loss of our inspiration, our leader, our chief. Don Coffey was a pioneer in the field of prostate cancer research and a visionary scientist who leaves behind an  indelible mark of progress in the world.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 

                                    –Alfred Lord Tennyson

We lost a good friend today, and the international world of prostate cancer research lost one of its brightest stars, a brilliant scientist, scholar, thinker, mentor and teacher.

For more than half a century, Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D., made the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins a better place just by being there; for 30 of those years, he was the Brady’s Director of Research – a scientific legend, who trained and inspired generations of fellows and students and was a powerful driving force in the careers of dozens of scientists who are trying to understand prostate cancer.  A gifted storyteller – everyone who ever talked to him can tell you this – he not only ignited the imagination and creativity of his students and colleagues; he genuinely cared about them, and went out of his way to help them.  Read More

Read PCF CEO Jonathan Simon’s tribute to Don Coffey

Read Brady Urological Institute’s tribute to Don Coffey