WC graduate honored by U of I

Dr. Craig W. Reynolds, Ph.D., was recognized on June 12 by the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa as a distinguished alumni.

Reynolds is a 1970 graduate of Webster City High School. He earned his BA in 1974 and his Ph.D in microbiology from the UI in 1978.

For more than 35 years, he has been an active member of the National Cancer Institute as a scientist, program director and administrative leader. His research interests include studies of the innate immune system, the development of new immunotherapies to treat cancer and enhancing translational research at the NCI including the testing of clinical cancer vaccines.

Since 2002, Reynolds has served as associate director at NCI, overseeing the NCI campus in Frederick, Maryland. In that role, Reynolds is responsible for the oversight of nearly 3,000 employees and more than $500 million in research activities each year.

Reynolds was instrumental in bringing together scientists from the NCI with private industry for one of the earliest therapeutic cancer vaccines for a specific type of lymphoma.

His dedication to science and public service was also noted, with the wide range of educational programs available through the NCI-Frederick. These efforts include activities that have reached thousands of elementary and high school students.

Those attending the luncheon of the UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards were brother his Greg and Randa Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and his sister Gretchen and Don Bruner of Webster City.