William B. Hutchinson (physician)

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William B. Hutchinson, M.D. (September 6, 1909 – October 26, 1997) was an American physician and surgeon and the founder of both the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in his native Seattle, Washington. The latter facility is named in memory of Hutchinson's younger brother, a Major League Baseball pitcher and manager whose life and career were cut short by his death from lung cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.

The son of a physician and a baseball player like his brother,[1] William Hutchinson attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1931. He passed up a professional baseball tryout to attend medical school at McGill University, Montréal, Québec, where he received his MDCM degree in 1935. After completing his surgical residency in Baltimore, Maryland, Hutchinson returned to Seattle to practice. His experience as a cancer surgeon led him to spearhead a drive for research and treatment centers for the disease in his native city. The PNRF, now the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, was founded in 1956; the FHCRC was created in 1965 and officially founded in 1975.


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