January 15, 1942 – October 31, 2020
Dr. Carlos Lopez, 78, passed away on October 31, 2020 at his family home in Carmel, Indiana, after a very long illness. Carlos was born in 1942 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Jose and Dolores Lopez Vega. Due to his father’s service in the U. S. Air Force, the family lived in many cities including Harlingen, Texas; Interlaken, New York; Gauting and Wiesbaden, Germany, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his youth, Carlos enjoyed playing sports like tennis and softball.
Carlos received his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It was due to a predoctoral research project at the Rocky Mountain Public Health Service Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, that he met his future wife, Eleanor. The couple wed in 1970 before moving to New York, New York. There they had two children, daughter Ana and son Carlos.
Lopez made prodigious contributions to the scientific community throughout his life through publications, teaching and leadership roles in research institutions. These included the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York, the Center for Disease Control in Georgia, Eli Lilly and Company, and EndGenitor Technologies in Indiana. One of his proudest professional moments was his contribution to the research that was recognized by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Discoverers Award in 1999 for an HIV protease inhibitor.
Carlos enjoyed tennis, fly fishing and travel when he was able. He was fond of art, music and his wife Eleanor’s amazing cooking paired with a nice wine. In retirement, he briefly owned the Austin Healey he had wished for as a student. Carlos was known for his keen intelligence and devotion to family.
Carlos is survived by his wife, Eleanor Lopez, daughter Ana M. Lopez (Keith Annis) of Fort Worth, TX, son Carlos R. Lopez, (Lindsey) of Carmel, and grandchildren Isabel, Sophia, Gabriel, Aleta, Jose and Ariana, and brother, Jose Lopez (Ilsa) of Malvern, PA. He was predeceased by his sister, Maria Kirijan (Rick).
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the following institutions:
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 32 E. Washington St., Suite 600 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2919
IU Foundation Parkinson’s Disease Research Fund 1380009908 PO Box 7072 Indianapolis, IN 46297-7072
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grand Central Station PO Box 47 NY, NY 10163
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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Fred and Alexis Kirijan
November 28, 2020
We will always remember the wonderful times spent together in Georgia with the Lopez family. Carlos was a wonderful person and a great friend. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to you Ellie, and Anna and Carlos and your families.
November 12, 2020
Thalia and I are saddened to hear this news and send our condolences to Ellie and the family. It was an honor and privilege to work with Carlos on the team that invented nelfinavir. Carlos had the gift of being able to recognize the contributions to scientific success made by all involved. Personally most of what I know about viral disease I learned from Carlos. He will be missed.
November 10, 2020
FROM A FELLOW LILLY EMPLOYEE AND AN 1954
AUSTIN HEALEY 100/4 OWNER - MAY HE READY IN PEACE.
November 10, 2020
Carlos was a superb scientist; he was an even better person. He will be missed.
Joe and Elizabeth Colacino
November 4, 2020
Dear Eli, Ana, and Carlos:
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your husband and father, Carlos. I have very fond memories of him. He was my mentor and role model for many years and I often thought of him since leaving Eli Lilly in 2003. He was a great scientist, teacher, and friend and always conducted himself with quiet leadership and dignity. I will miss him.
I wish you all strength during this difficult time.
Joe with Elizabeth Colacino
Asbury, New Jersey