Thomas J. Bardos, Ph.D., a University at Buffalo professor emeritus who was involved in cancer research for more than 50 years, died May 15 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 96.
In his 33-year UB career, Dr. Bardos co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed chapters, papers and patents on cancer chemotherapy and directed the thesis research of 32 Ph.D. candidates and the research projects of 38 postdoctoral associates.
He retired in 1993, but he continued some aspects of his research until shortly before his death. His contributions to chemotherapeutic treatment of cancer earned him several awards and designations throughout his career.
Dr. Bardos also established scholarships at UB, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and in Hungary.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Bardos graduated from the Hungarian National Teacher Institute in 1933 and the Budapest Technical University in 1937, earning a degree in chemical engineering.
Before coming to Buffalo, Dr. Bardos was chief of a research laboratory in Hungary before and during World War II. He was then awarded an Eli Lilly research fellowship from Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in chemistry in two years. He then moved to the University of Texas Medical School, where he identified the structure of folinic acid. After working at Armour Co in Chicago, he moved to Buffalo, where he became a professor of medicinal chemistry in UB's School of Pharmacy.
His first wife, Mary Jane Choate Bardos, died in 1995.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Maria, and a brother, Arthur.
A memorial service will be scheduled in University Presbyterian Church.