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Dr Jane Wright, who has died aged 93, was an American oncologist and conducted pioneering research into chemotherapy drugs, transforming them into a key aspect of cancer treatment.
Jane Cooke Wright was born in New York City on November 30 1919, the eldest of two children. Her mother was a schoolteacher; her father, Louis Tompkins Wright, had been one of the first African-Americans to graduate cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and the first black doctor to work in a municipal New York hospital. By the time Jane was four, he had set up a nursing school at Harlem Hospital, admitting black students .
Jane was educated at Fieldston Upper School, and won a scholarship to study art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She went on to the New York Medical College in 1942, where she graduated with honours before starting work as an intern at Bellevue Hospital in New York.
At the time of her residency in 1947-48, very little was known about the efficacy of chemotherapy. Louis Wright had just established the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital, and Jane joined him there in 1949.
The pair began testing new chemicals on patients with leukaemia and lymphatic cancers, their inspiration coming from studying victims of mustard gas attacks from the Second World War — Louis Wright had himself suffered lung damage in such an attack. It was found that gas survivors had reduced white blood cell counts. In leukaemia, however, there is a proliferation of malignant white blood cells, and the Wrights thought some of the chemicals found in mustard gas might be used as effective treatment.
When her father died in 1952, Jane Wright became the foundation’s director, at the age of 33. Three years later she became director for cancer chemotherapy research at the New York University Medical Centre. For the next four decades she remained at the forefront of chemotherapy research, testing therapeutic drugs, comparing responses in patients to laboratory findings, and developing new ways to deliver chemotherapy.
It was a period that inevitably involved a great deal of trial and error. At the start there was only one drug, mechlorethamine, which had been shown to be effective in lymphoma patients. But Jane Wright and her colleagues analysed a wide range of chemicals for their effect on cancerous cells, and their successes included mithramyacin, used to treat brain tumours that could not be removed surgically. Jane Wright also experimented with injecting drugs directly into the blood vessels connected to a tumour, for a more targeted treatment.
In 1964 Wright was appointed to the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke, responsible for setting up regional cancer centres across the country. That same year, she co-founded the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) . She returned to New York Medical College in 1967 as associate dean, professor of surgery, and head of the cancer research laboratory. Her research and teaching work continued until her official retirement in 1987.
She married, in 1947, David Jones, who predeceased her. She is survived by her two daughters .
Dr Jane Wright, born November 30 1919, died February 19 2013
HARLEM — With its retro green and white booths, tin ceiling and neon burger sign, the new Lenox Avenue burger joint Harlem Shake was designed to look like it opened decades ago.
“It was as if they moved here in the late ’40s or early ’50s, put in the most modern stuff and never changed it,” said the restaurant’s designer Dennis Decker.
But on opening day Thursday, owner Jelena Pasic was more satisfied that lines out the door made it seem like the restaurant was a long-running staple of the neighborhood.
“Even today, the first day, it looks like we’ve been here for a while,” Pasic said.
Pasic said her goal is to make Harlem Shake, located on the corner of Lenox Avenue and West 124th Street, a neighborhood institution. She plans to do that by serving tasty burgers and catering to the area while also attracting the many tourists who frequent Harlem.
“I want to create a bond with the neighborhood. This is the epicenter of Harlem, the ground zero of Harlem,” she said.
Inside, there is a wall of fame with signed pictures of several famous Harlemites. The bathroom is lined with 300 old Jet Magazines to give it an old school vibe.
Pasic, who ran several restaurants and coffee shops in Washington Heights with her ex-husband before selling them during the divorce, said the choice to open a burger place was simple.
She loves the width of Lenox Avenue and, though tempted by the more developed restaurant row on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, she saw the growth of restaurants in the area — Red Rooster, Cove Lounge, Sylvia’s and Harlem Social are just blocks away — as a sign that the neighborhood was ripe for a casual eatery.
“I tried to find a niche that wasn’t filled,” said Pasic, who has partners in the venture, including her husband, who is the head chef. “It was a no-brainer that Harlem needs a good burger place.”
As the space was being built out, Pasic received some lucky breaks that helped with publicity. The first was the viral video explosion of the Harlem Shake song by a DJ named Baauer. The restaurant’s fledgling Facebook page received 7,000 likes in one day on its way to almost 30,000 likes.
Soon, Pasic hired an artist to spray-paint the protective plywood covering the space during renovations with the phrase: “Do the Real Harlem Shake.”
“The sign turned into a tourist destination,” she said.
It not only drew people out front for pictures but others came out to video themselves performing the original Harlem Shake dance. The sign has since been donated to Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a public school on 114th Street, for use as a prop in future performances, Pasic said.
“I made this restaurant for the old Harlem Shake,” she said.
But she knew the food had to be good to draw customers.
The hamburger patty is made from 2 ounces of custom blended beef patties from celebrity butcher Pat la Frieda. The lean sirloin blend patties are ground fresh each day and served “griddled smashed-style” for crispness.
The burger is served on a toasted Martin’s Potato Roll and Pasic said they make many of the condiments, including the relish, at the restaurant. The fries are made from Kennebec potatoes that are cooked to be crispy in canola oil. As McDonald’s used to do, a little beef fat is used in the oil to add savoriness.
“Even our fries are retro,” Pasic said.
The hand-scooped shakes are made with Blue Marble ice cream. There is a “shortie” sized shake — named for the slang for girl — for ladies who are watching their waists but still want a shake.
There is a vegetarian fryer at the restaurant and they offer salads for those who don’t want to chow down on the “Hot Mess” burger.
Coming next is a sidewalk café and plans to donate a portion of proceeds to local charities.
Diners said they were pleased.
“The burger was tasty. They did a really good job with this place,” said Nephi Niven, 30, a photographer who lives in Harlem.
His friend Andrew Aguilar, 31, who works in marketing, agreed.
“It has that ’50s style to it. There really is nothing else like it around here,” he said. “It could be a regular hangout spot.”
By Jeff Mays on May 17, 2013 10:19am
The tourists started lining up two hours before morning worship service on West 116th Street in Harlem. Most were dressed in everyday clothes, contrasting with the dark suits and prim dresses of the largely African-American congregation in the historic sanctuary of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.
The Rev. Roger Harris, an associate pastor, made his way from the back of the line in his pinstripe suit. “Good to see you, glad you came,” he said, offering grins and handshakes on a recent Sunday. The tourists were herded to the balcony until, as in several churches in Harlem, they packed the seats there. Down below, where the congregation has dwindled over the years, there were plenty of empty seats.
The tourists often put offerings in the collection basket. But then they are gone. And so despite the draw, churches like Canaan are struggling. And at the heart of the struggle is a contradiction: As Harlem’s fortunes rise, tithing — the traditional source of the churches’ money — is fading away.
Harlem’s historical base of African-Americans has been dwindling. Those who remain have regularly tithed, setting apart 10 percent of their incomes for their church, in times good and bad. But now that has changed, too.
“Your tithers are your people who really keep your church going as a whole,” said the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Curtis, the senior pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church and the chairman of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement.
“With the drop in population,” he said, “you have less people to tithe.”
The Rev. Jesse T. Williams Jr., senior pastor at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, said, “Giving is a form of worship, and an expression of thanking God for what God has given us.” At his church, he said, tithes in recent years were down about 12 percent.
Canaan, now with 1,000 members, has lost 500 since 2000, which increased the amount of room available for tourists. Without the tourists, Mr. Harris said, the senior pastor would be “preaching to an empty balcony.”
And tithes are down 20 percent, though other offerings at Canaan have been stable. It is not clear how much of that money comes from tourists.
Some churches have experienced drops in tithing of as much as 50 percent, said Deborah C. Wright, the chief executive of Carver Federal Savings Bank, leading them to seek loans from her bank.
“Clearly this is a transitional period,” said Canaan’s senior pastor, the Rev. Thomas D. Johnson Sr., who celebrated his seventh year at the church last month. “I believe that Canaan and all of our strong churches in Harlem are determined not to become extinct. This institution must survive, not only for the congregation, but because of who we represent.”
The story of Canaan, and its current struggle, is shared by many of Harlem’s churches. It was founded in 1932 in the spirit of what elders call a country church. Many early congregants were migrants from the South, sharecroppers under Jim Crow, steeped in a worship tradition. As more families came, the church grew.
The previous pastor, the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, led the church for almost 40 years, until he retired in 2004; he was an architect of the civil rights movement and an aide to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“He was a fighter,” said Mr. Harris, who has a goal of increasing church membership by at least 50 within the next year.
In 1970, Mr. Walker once stood on the trunk of a car near the church and, through a bullhorn, preached a sermon about drug-dealing in the neighborhood. “We’ve been living dangerously for a long time,” he told his curbside congregation of 300, and whoever else was within earshot, “and we’re not afraid to name names.”
The black church, he often said, was the primary resource for the black community. “It is where black people have the ultimate decision-making power,” he said in a 1979 newspaper interview. “Black folks will pay church dues before they pay their rent.”
Under Mr. Walker, whose black-and-white portrait hangs in Canaan’s lobby, membership swelled to the point where ushers had to put chairs in the halls. The Canaan that Mr. Johnson inherited, however, looks remarkably different. So does the neighborhood. Where African-Americans once made up the bulk of Central Harlem’s population, they are now less than half. Economically, million-dollar homes and trendy restaurants glimmer amid stubborn pockets of blight.
By KIA GREGORY