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Norman R. Farnsworth, Renowned Medicinal Plant Researcher, Dies at 81
Date:9/12/2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To All ABC Members and Members of the Herb and Medicinal Plant Community: It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Norman R. Farnsworth, on Saturday evening, September 10, per the tribute we have produced, below.
Respectfully,
Mark Blumenthal, Founder & Executive Director, American Botanical Council, Editor, HerbalGram & HerbClip

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Renowned pharmacognosist and internationally-respected medicinal plant research expert, Norman R. Farnsworth, Ph.D., died on September 10 at a Chicago hospital. He was 81 and had been in declining health for months, suffering from long-term congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes. 

Dr. Farnsworth was born on March 23, 1930 in Massachusetts. Norman Farnsworth was a veteran of the Korean War, drafted in the U.S. Army at age 18 in 1949. PFC Farnsworth served in the Third Infantry Division, Seventh Regimental Combat Team. Although he was seriously wounded in the winter of 1950, Farnsworth survived. Corporal Farnsworth was awarded the Korean Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, the Combat Medical Badge, and Bronze Star with a "V" device.

He received his degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1953 and his Ph.D. in pharmacognosy, the study of drugs from natural origins (including medicinal plants, microbes, marine organisms, and fungi), from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959. At Pitt, he helped to institute a pharmacognosy Ph.D. program at the university and was the first to chair it.

In 1970, Prof. Farnsworth left the University of Pittsburgh for a post in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he served as Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology from 1970-1982. At UIC, he was also Research Professor of Pharmacognosy, t
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