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Epidemiologist Lawrence Garfinkel, MA, a legendary researcher for the American Cancer Society whose work helped establish a link between cancer and smoking and other activities, died of cardiovascular disease Thursday in Seattle, Washington at 88.

"The American Cancer Society today mourns the loss of one of its most important historical figures," said John R. Seffrin, PhD, the society's chief executive officer.
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Lawrence Garfinkel dies at 88; statistician helped link smoking to lung cancer

Garfinkel had a key role in two massive studies with the American Cancer Society, one of which helped pave the way for the landmark 1964 surgeon general's report on smoking and health.

Lawrence Garfinkel | 1922 - 2010
Lawrence Garfinkel, the statistician who overcame his lack of a doctoral degree and training in oncology to become one of the driving forces in demonstrating that smoking causes lung cancer, died Jan. 21 in Seattle. He was 88.

The cause of death was cardiovascular disease, according to his son Martin.

Garfinkel oversaw the training of thousands of volunteers for the American Cancer Society and helped conduct two of the largest epidemiological studies ever, enrolling more than 2.2 million men and women. The first of those studies, along with the British Doctors' Study, played a key role in formulating the landmark 1964 surgeon general's report on smoking and health.
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