William G. Tucker
December 14, 1927 – January 3, 2021
Dr. William Gough Tucker, M.D. 12/14/1927 - 1/3/2021
With skill, care, and determination, Dr. William Tucker dedicated his career as an Oncologist to medical research and improving the lives of cancer patients.
Born in Connecticut ultimately moved back to Canada as a young child where his family originated. Degrees from both Mount Allison University (B.Sc.) and Queen’s University (M.D., and C.M.).
Held residencies in the Canadian Forces Hospital aboard the H.M.C.S. Sadacoma and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Member of the Midwest Oncology Centre in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1969).
Chief of the Department at the Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1972-1974).
Medical Chairman of the American Cancer Society (1974-1976).
President of the Michigan Oncology Institute (1978-1981).
His distinguished efforts focused on cancer of the brain. Even at his retirement his dream was to find a treatment for brain cancer. He founded Jupiter Biomedical Research, Inc. in Jupiter, Florida and continued his research for a miracle drug. His discovery completed all the preclinical safety and efficacy studies and he didn’t live long enough to initiate the clinical studies.
To say Bill accomplished much in his life is an understatement. Bill graced this world with his humble demeanor and brilliant mind. He was the creator of several pharmaceutical drugs and aside from the love of his life Vivian, his passion was in saving lives, a labor of love for him for more than 40 years and worked up to the end rigorously moving his projects forward.
In Bill’s early years he played pro football and later decided to go to medical school, a choice that he found remarkably gratifying. Bill also had many talents including sketching, acrylic painting as well as gourmet cooking which he found relaxing and he had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special when they came to have dinner in his home.
Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew him and his legacy will most certainly live on and a tremendous legacy indeed it is, a true reflection of the lovely gentleman, brilliant scientist, true visionary, loving husband, and proud father.