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Mearl F. Stanton Papers 1931-1980
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Biographical Note

Mearl F. Stanton was born on 14 August 1922 in Staunton, Illinois. He attended the universities of Southern Illinois, Depaul and Wisconsin from 1940-44, though he did not receive a degree until June 1948 when he received an M.D. degree from St. Louis University. Stanton interned at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, after which he taught pathology at St. Louis University. From 1955 to 1957 Stanton served at the Army Chemical Center in Frederick, Maryland. In January, 1957 Stanton came to work at the Pathology Laboratory in the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 1969, upon the retirement of Dr. Harold Stewart (MS C 228), Stanton was made Chief of the laboratory. He continued to work for NCI until his death from Shy-Drager syndrome on 18 May 1980.

Stanton's research covered a broad spectrum of questions. His early years at St. Louis University were spent working on host parasite relationships of obligate intracellular parasites. His early work at NCI was on chemically-induced carcinogenesis, after which he shifted to viral oncology. His last years were spent working on fiber carcinogenesis, and in particular on the carcinogenic effect of asbestos. From 1967 to 1974 Stanton also served as editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More biographical information on Stanton can be found in vol. 67, no. 5 (November, 1981) of the journal, which is dedicated to Stanton.