James H. Ware, the Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics and associate dean for clinical and translational science at the Harvard Chan School, passed away April 26 after a long battle with cancer.
Jim was dean for academic affairs at the school from 1990–2009, including serving as acting dean in 1997–1998.
Jim had a longstanding interest in studies of pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, and it is no exaggeration to say his research efforts have helped save thousands—if not millions—of lives. From 1980 to 1995, he was a co-investigator in the landmark Six Cities Study of Air Pollution and Health, which has had a profound effect on Clean Air Act regulations in the U.S. and efforts to limit air pollution around the world.
He was internationally recognized for his publications on the design and analysis of longitudinal and multi-level physiologic, clinical, and biological studies and on methodologic issues in clinical trials research. He served as a statistical consultant to the New England Journal of Medicine for more than 20 years. He was also senior statistician for randomized trials of strategies for protecting the brain during surgical repair of transposition of the great arteries in infants, chelation therapy for lead-exposed children and, more recently, research examining vitamin D supplementation to prevent development of diabetes and the role of sleep apnea in diabetes.
After concluding his service as dean for academic affairs, Jim returned to research and teaching. Since 2008, he served as director of the biostatistics program at the Harvard Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Jim had a great dedication to helping students, both undergraduate and graduate students—literally taking his work home with him between 1996–2003, when he and his wife, Janice Ware, served as masters of Cabot House at Harvard College.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter, Cameron Ware; his son, Jake Ware; Jake’s wife, Siu Ping Chin Feman; and his sister, Elaine Mansfield.
Source: David Hunter, Harvard Medical School, on-line