IN MEMORIAM: FRANK CUSHING Created by on 02/14/2012
On February 6th, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB’s) dear friend and colleague, Frank Cushing, died after a long, heroic battle with brain cancer. He was 59 years old. Frank became a consultant to FASEB and its member societies in January of 2008 after a distinguished career on Capitol Hill as a House and Senate staff member. He rose through the ranks to become Clerk and Staff Director of the House Appropriations Committee, the 12th person to hold that esteemed position since the committee was established in 1865.
In his work with FASEB, Frank was an invaluable advisor and teacher. He was a major contributor to our policy discussions, providing us with unique insight into a very specialized legislative field. Frank generously shared his experience and expertise with us, explaining how things are being done and reminding us of how things could and should be done.
Frank was also a staunch supporter of biomedical research, and in his final days continued to advocate for research and other causes that he believed in deeply. Struggling bravely against the ravages of his disease, he recognized his new limitations, but never displayed a sign of bitterness or regret. His dedication, devotion, and strength continue to be inspiring to all who knew him.
Members of the FASEB Board of Directors, the staff of the federation, and the public affairs staff of its member societies extend their heartfelt condolences to his family. He touched many lives with his work and friendship. Those of us fortunate enough to have worked with him will cherish his memory and strive to live up to his example of courage, fairness, generosity, and public service.
Frank M. Cushing, former Staff Director of the House Appropriations Committee.