My dear Colleague, Dr. Alfred M. Prince, M.D., aged 82, has Died. October 18th 2011

Fred Prince 1929-2011

Fred, in his home office in Pound Ridge in 2009


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15 Responses to My dear Colleague, Dr. Alfred M. Prince, M.D., aged 82, has Died. October 18th 2011

  1. Jacques Vieyra says:

    Deeply missed

  2. Thank you for posting this. I am Fred Prince’s daughter. He is deeply, deeply missed.

  3. Condolences to the loved ones and friends of Dr. Prince. I am glad to have had the opportuninty to work with him at the New York Blood Center. He lived doing what he loved. I am saddened by his passing, especially because I was looking to get in touch with him. I appreciate the announcement.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this, I worked for Dr Prince for about 2 years in the late 80’s at the New York Blood Center’s Virology Dpt as a research specialist i.e. specialized lab tech, and manager of the P3 level Biocontainment unit. He was a very unique and gifted scientist. I stayed in touch with everyone in the lab for quite a while and was also thinking of getting in touch with him as it has now been nearly 12 years since I left New York City and the sciences for a totally different career path in music.

    • Lisa Prince Fishler says:

      Music! That’s great! I bet my father would have been excited to hear that, Anne!

      • Reply to Lisa, I am sorry for your loss especially. Your father had so many eclectic interests, all kinds of music, art, philosophy, NYC happenings. And as Donna P, who I shared an office with for 2 years mentioned, he treated everyone, from post docs to techs to janitors with equal respect. This was/is an all too rare quality, Anne Saunders

  5. Donna Pascual says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear this. I worked with Fred for 11 years at the New York Blood Center. He was the best boss I ever had. He was a brilliant man who taught me a great many things. He treated everyone with the same respect, whether you had a PhD., or delivered the mail. I left 15 years ago to raise my two sons. I am teaching now but I miss the research world. I will always treasure my time at the NYBC with him. My sympathy goes out to his family.

  6. Anne and Donna, thank you…… I knew my father so well… and am so saddened by the fact there ARE so few people like him… who have that ability to be kind, caring, supportive, of all people he believed in, regardless of background…. Fact is, however….. the people who’ve been reaching out and making the effort to share their feelings and memories, ARE like him. Thank you, for putting a little bit of color back into our world.


  7. Saan Youn says:

    Dear Mrs. Prince,

    Hello. I’m Jin Won Youn’s son. Do you remember me? Send your answer to my E-mail

    Saan Youn

  8. Dr. Bolanle Williams of Nigeria, West Africa says:

    Hi Lisa and Mrs Prince.
    I was just getting curious and I wanted to find out about Fred.
    I am very sad to note that Fred passed away.
    May his big soul rest in peace.
    I worked with Fred, briefly in Monrovia Liberia between 1975 and 1976 and at the New York Blood Center between 1980 and 1993.
    Fred was a brilliant Scientist and a good fellow.
    Please accept my condolences.
    May Fred rest in peace.
    Dr. Bolanle Williams.

  9. Robert Fields says:

    Dear Lisa,

    Today I discovered a video I had forgotten about. It was of
    a fabulous “runway show” created by Lee Alexander McQueen.

    It made me remember that moment when I first learned of Lee’s shocking
    suicide. I was devastated. My world without McQueen would be
    diminished. I had unconsciously imagined that the world of my
    future would contain an indefinite number of mind-expanding contacts
    with him through the press or photography or by video (I never
    met him personally, never saw any of his shows and did not know him)
    but I connected powerfully with his designs and his incredible creativity.

    I had the same feeling when Francis Crick died. My world tomorrow
    and thereafter would be diminished from what it had been yesterday
    with Crick being a part of it.

    Usually there are only a few people who affect us this way, and for me
    your father was one of those special people. Something so large and
    generous about him, a quality that went infinitely deep.

    Sometimes we do not realize how much we love someone until after
    they die. But for me and for many others, your father was not like that.
    We knew who he was and we knew how special he was.

    Goethe said beautifully, “Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in
    the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.” I have always
    marveled at the beauty of this utterance since my heart knows exactly what it
    means, but my poor brain is left behind, and I don’t even care or need an explanation.

    I miss Fred and I miss living in a world in which he was a vibrant living part.
    Many other people share the same feeling as is evident from the responses people
    have made here.

    I hope you are coping well.

    My fondest best wishes to you.


    • Thank you so much for these kind words and lovely quote by Goethe, whom I deeply admire.

      I know what you are saying about how often times we don’t appreciate people until they’re gone, but like you, I truly DID appreciate my father while he was here. Many say we build people up after they pass, but my father always was my biggest hero. He was larger than life for me, and I nobody I meet seems to come close. Though I am doing alright – my heart still aches daily as his loss is so tremendous for me… I do, however, carry him in me and so much of what he stood for, drives my own passion/work every day.

      Thank you Bob…


  10. Dr. Avriel Cohen says:

    Dear Lisa,
    Time passes and occasionally and sometimes not enough, do we look back. On this late evening I looked back to see if Fred was still at work and I just now learned of his passing. I worked for your Dad for 1 year after graduating college. I had just got married and I was so appreciative that Fred hired me as a research technician. The experience and your Father made a huge impression on me. It was 1970 at the NYBC. He was generous with his time to teach me so much. A little statistics, the importance of showing up to work on time even though I stayed late and venapunctures. I learned so much about hepatitis. He let me borrow a book on his shelf that I was eyeing, “The Molecular Biology of the Gene”. That book started me off in my later graduate studies. He gave me time to listen to Gerald Edelman speak about immunoglobulins at Rockefeller Institute and I even listened to a subsequent lecture by Edelman some 25 years later at Broward General Hospital in Florida. (About 20 years later my own son did his medical residency at that hospital). I was accepted at NYU Grad school and studied Microbiology and Immunology which still fascinate me. And then toward the very last days of working with your dad when I decided to start my grad studies full time, your Dad said “go out in the world like a tiger”. I said I would. He also said, I didn’t belong in research but I should become a physician because I was a “people person”. I had no idea what he meant. I was at the time very shy and quiet and certainly not the life of any party! But your Dad was right. I realized a few years later that I didn’t have the creativity needed in research like your Dad and his colleagues had. But I was compassionate and my shyness was falling away as I matured and became a good communicator and anything but shy. So I became a physician, a podiatric surgeon, who nevertheless looks at all the wounds and diseases I encounter on a molecular level. And I appreciate research and desire it to learn more and even imagine more, about how to help my patients, not in small measure because of the experience your Father generously gave me.
    A few years ago, possibly even after your father of blessed memory passed, I saw one of the internet sites about him and I wrote him a letter thanking him for teaching me and giving me this magnificent experience in the world of medical research. Back then , I was an impressionable 21 year old guy, just married and wondering what direction to take in my work life. Your Father almost like my Father saw something in me way before I saw it. Besides my scholastic abilities, it is the “People person” part of my character that has allowed me to really connect with my patients and help them. I will forever be grateful for the attentive guidance your father gave me during that 1 very pivotal year in my life. He was an incredible, giving and dedicated person.I hope this message at this very late hour puts a smile on your face. I wish I could tell your Dad but I am happy to relate it to you his daughter.

    Dr. Avriel Cohen
    Weston, Florida

    P.S. I remember your Dad telling me he couldn’t stand Florida because all people did there was go to shopping Malls. On that score your Father erred. I got to windsurf, scuba dive, sail, and hang-glide there when not it the malls!

    Take Care!

  11. princeli says:

    Dr. Cohen,
    Thank you so much for providing this beautiful window into my father’s life. It’s very much appreciated, and quite timely as well, as October marks 4 years since his passing and I miss him dearly.
    All my best,

  12. Robert Fields says:

    These are some additional search terms: “Fred Prince”, “Dr. Fred Prince”, Alfred Prince, Alfred M. Prince, Dr. Alfred Prince, Dr. Alfred M. Prince, Dr. Fred Prince, M.D., New York Blood Center,
    Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, Liberia, Vilab II, chimpanzee, Hepatitis C, NYBC. LFKRI.

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