John Austin Milner was born on 11 June, 1947, in Pine Bluff , AR, and died unexpectedly of a heart attack on 31 December, 2013. He was a dear fr iend to so many scientists that his passing is an irreplaceable loss to the nutrition community and to all those who were fortunate enough to know him. John had a formidable capacity for work and for multitasking on many diff erent projects while never turning away requests for help from colleagues, never failing to ask provocative questions, and always answering every single e-mail. He had a great sense of humor and a unique ability to integrate science with humanistic considerations. Although most of his own research focused on the anticancer properties of garlic and associated allylsulfur compounds, his interests gradually expanded to bioactives of all sorts. He was an internationally respected expert in all areas of nutrition and cancer prevention, including nutrigenomics, selenium nutriture, antioxidants and health, and fu nctional foods. For 16 years, he chaired the popular sessions on Saturday mornings sponsored by the International
Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) at the Experimental Biology meetings, and he edited several of them for publication.
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