Obituary: Torack, retired Alzheimer’s disease researcher, 81

Richard M. Torack, M.D., professor of pathology and immunology from 1968-1992, died Jan. 22, 2009, at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley in Fenton. He was 81.

Torack was a pioneering researcher in dementia during his tenure on the School of Medicine faculty. After his retirement in 1992, he continued his research as a clinical professor of pathology and immunology until 2000. His work over the three decades helped lead to the creation of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the School of Medicine.

“It was always a pleasure to interact with Dr. Torack because he examined issues from a unique, challenging and sometimes unconventional perspective,” said John C. Morris, M.D., the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Professor of Neurology and director of the ADRC. “He was warm, gracious, supportive and had a delightful sense of humor.”

Services were held Jan. 31 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, 4488 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63108.