In Memoriam—Robert Katzman, MD, FAAN, Giant of Alzheimer’s Research, 2006 AAN Foundation Giant of Neurology

September 22, 2008


Robert Katzman, MD, FAAN, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 16, after a long battle with his health. His wife and one of his sons, Daniel, were at his bedside. A University of California, San Diego (UCSD) memorial is being planned in the next few months.

Katzman was honored by the AAN Foundation and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at UCSD in 2006 for his distinguished and legendary contributions to Alzheimer's disease. The Robert Katzman Clinical Research Training Fellowship Fund was launched at that time, and the first Robert Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's Research (cosponsored by the AAN Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association) will be presented at the 2009 AAN Annual Meeting in Seattle.

At the 2006 event to honor him, Katzman told the audience, "In 1960, when I was an assistant professor, I received the S. Weir Mitchell award from the American Academy of Neurology. That award helped establish my academic career. Now, the Academy Foundation helps culminate my career by establishing The Robert Katzman Clinical Research Training Fellowship Fund. Thank you."

Donations to remember Katzman and support clinical research in Alzheimer's disease can be made to the Robert Katzman Clinical Research Training Fellowship Fund or by contacting Susan Dunlop, Director of Development, at, or call (651) 695-2701.

In all of his wisdom, Dr. Katzman wanted to be remembered in his own way: several years ago he designed his own webpage.

A memorial service at UCSD has been set for Friday October 17th at 4pm in the UCSD Faculty Club. A reception will be held immediately following the tributes.

Read a related story about the Robert Katzman, MD, Fund.