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Nov. 08, 2018 - SIOG mourns tragic loss of SIOG past President Dr. Arti Hurria

To Members of the SIOG Community,

I am writing to you with the deepest regret and sadness at the passing of our former President, Arti Hurria.  The loss to the field of Geriatric Oncology is immeasurable.  To those who knew Arti well, the personal loss is devasting.  I personally have known Arti for almost 20 years since she was a Fellow.  It was obvious then that her drive, intellect and leadership abilities would bring her to the top of her field.  I think it was her personal attributes that impressed us the most.  She was kind and generous; always welcoming to new members of the Geriatric Oncology community.  This is a very close-knit community and we are sharing in this loss together.   Her professional achievements are remarkable.   Everything and everyone she touched was the better for it.  She was an inspiration and a mentor to many junior colleagues, and even dedicated her talk last year to promoting young oncologists when receiving the Paul Calabresi award. She believed in "Investing in the Future" and her forte was the "Power of Listening". 

She is on Board of ASCO, former President of SIOG, Founding Editor of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, Co-Chair of the Cancer in the Older Patient Committee of the Alliance and Founder of the Cancer and Aging Research Group.  At City of Hope she was the George Tsai Family Chair in Geriatric Oncology, Director of the Center for Cancer and Aging, Co-Leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences program, Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research, and Vice Provost for Clinical Faculty.  She was a very good friend, adviser, and mentor to many, as well as a great mom and wife.  On a personal note, I could always call her for advice and counsel.

I last saw Arti this past Friday night in Chicago discussing new clinical trials.  She advocated strongly for the optimal care of the older patients; something she did so well.  She always commanded respect and certainly deserved it.  But she had a way of doing it which was not confrontational but firm and authoritative.  I told her we would discuss these issues further, but sadly, we never will.  I have always been in awe of Arti from that day almost 20 years ago when we first met.   I already miss her so very much.  God bless you Arti.  You have left an indelible mark of goodness and you will never be forgotten.

Stuart Lichtman
On behalf of the SIOG Board (Hans Wildiers, Etienne Brain, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Matti Aapro, Kwok Leung Cheung, Tanya Wildes, Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, Siri Rostoft, Cindy Kenis and Nienke de Glas)