[Asis-l] Don Swanson passes

Richard Hill rhill at asis.org
Mon Dec 10 09:12:15 EST 2012

News was received that Don Swanson passed away on Nov 18 at age 88.

A 3 time Dean at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School and
professor emeritus in the Humanities Division, Don won the ASIS&T Award of
Merit in 2000 for his trailblazing work in the relationship between natural
and computer language and his belief that electronic databases held the keys
to medical knowledge.

Don discovered relationships between dietary fish oil and Raynaud's disease
and between magnesium deficiency and common migraine headaches.

"Arrowsmith," software Don developed with Neil Smallheiser, assists in
identifying connections between two sets of clinical research and this model
has been adapted to student the correlations of genes with diseases and find
possible new uses for medications.

More complete notice:
Richard Hill
ASIS&T Executive Director
1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510
Silver Spring, MD 20910
FAX: (301) 495-0810
Voice: (301) 495-0900
rhill at asis.org

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