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URMC pioneer in infectious disease research dies

Posted at: 12/13/2012 12:18 PM

An internationally recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center died Monday.

Dr. Caroline "Caren" Breese Hall died at home on Monday at the age of 73.

Dr. Hall's contributions and her devotion to science, clinical care, and teaching helped improve the lives of children, trainees, and colleagues. Dr. Hall was known throughout the world for her work studying viral diseases in children. Her research focused on virology, especially respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human herpes viruses 6 and 7, and vaccines, which resulted in more than 500 published articles.

Dr. Hall was a founding member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, served as its 5th President, and was the Society's Historian. She was Chairman of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee), and the 2006 edition of the Red Book was dedicated to her. Dr. Hall was a member of the CDC Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices, of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center of Infectious Diseases, and of numerous committees for the National Academies of Science and the American Board of Pediatrics. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians. Her numerous honors included the American Academy of Pediatrics Award for Lifetime Contribution to Infectious Disease Education, the Distinguished Physician and Distinguished Service Awards from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Infectious Disease Society of America's John Franklin Enders Lectureship, the Pan American Society of Virology's Award, and the Robert M. Chanock Lifetime Achievement Award.

A native of Brighton, Dr. Hall earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wellesley College and her medical degree at the University Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her residency at Yale University was followed by fellowships in pediatric infectious diseases and in medicine in allergy and immunology, both at Yale.

Calling hours for Dr. Hall are planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Anthony Funeral Chapel, 2305 Monroe Ave. in Brighton. At the family's request, memorial contributions may be made to the Department of Pediatrics at URMC.