IN MEMORIAM: Adolphus "Tol" Preston Toliver, Ph.D.

April 02, 2013


Adolphus "Tol" Preston Toliver, Ph.D.
Adolphus "Tol" Preston Toliver, Ph.D. died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Virginia. His death is an enormous loss for the biomedical sciences and minority science programs community, as well as a personal loss for those of us fortunate enough to have been his colleagues and friends.
He was the former MARC Branch Chief at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also served as the scientific review administrator for the Biochemistry Study Section for the NIH Division of Research Grants (DRG), now the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Toliver was a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, Davis. He was author of a number of peer reviewed scientific papers and served as a reviewer or scientific judge at both local and national scientific meetings.
Dr. Toliver earned a B.S. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO where he was elected to membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honorary scholastic society. He received  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in molecular biology/biochemistry, from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. During his graduate and postgraduate training, Dr. Toliver was the recipient of predoctoral fellowships from the Indiana Elks and the National Institutes of Health, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society.  In 1991, he was bestowed the honorific title of “Old Master” by Purdue. He served on the Dean’s advisory committee for Purdue University’s School of Science. Among his honors were two NIH Awards of Merit, the Public Health Special Recognition Award, the NIH Director’s Award, and the DRG Equal Employment Opportunity Special Achievement Award. Dr. Toliver was a member of several scientific societies including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
He was the loving husband of Jean Toliver; son of the late Bertha (Cox) and Adolphus Toliver. In addition to his wife, Jean, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Online condolences and fond memories of Tol may be offered to the family at Money and King Funeral Home (www.moneyandking.com) or the Legacy.com guestbook on The Washington Post site.
At the family's request, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute.


Jacquelyn Roberts - Director, FASEB MARC Program


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