MIDDLETON / MADISON—Dr. Roswell “Roz” Knight Boutwell, age 99, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at the Attic Angel Community in Middleton, Wis. He was born on Nov. 24, 1917, in Madison, the son of Professor Paul and Clara (Brinkoff) Boutwell. He received a B.S. (1939) in Chemistry at Beloit College, his M.S. (1941) in Biochemistry, from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Ph.D. (1944) in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He united in marriage to his lovely wife, Luella Mae “Lou” Fairchild, on Sept. 25, 1943.
Dr. Boutwell was a Professor Emeritus of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an Emeritus Program Member for the UW Carbone Cancer Center. He was a founding faculty member of the Department of Oncology at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He was regarded as a groundbreaker for many studies demonstrating cancerous tumor growth. In 1949, Prof. Boutwell identified the role of caloric intake in cancer causation and prevention.
He served as Associate Editor of the journal Cancer Research from 1973 to 1981, and held advisory and peer review positions with the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, National Research Council, and National Academy of Sciences among others. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1984—1990. He was also a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. He served as the Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, from 1984 to 1986. In 1990, he finished his 45-year career teaching graduate students and conducting cancer research at UW-Madison.
Prof. Boutwell received numerous honors, including the prestigious G.H.A. Clowes Lecturer Award from the American Association for Cancer Research, Board of Directors for the American Association for Cancer Research, Founder’s Award for the Chemical Industry Institute for Toxicology, and recipient for a Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society.
Roz and his wife, Lou, acquired their first home on Lake Monona in 1954. He was on the Monona Grove School Board while the Monona Grove high school was designed and built. At home, Roz was often found absorbed in reading his favorite newspapers, magazines, and journals while listening to the radio. He greatly enjoyed attending Badger Football games. In 1959 he acquired “the farm” where he enjoyed being outdoors working hard with his family and neighbors. He traveled extensively and made friends everywhere.
He is survived by three sons, Paul (Berdell) of Mazomanie, Wis., Philip of Janesville, Wis., and David of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren, Anna (Jon) and Sarah (Luke); and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lou, in 2015, who he was married to for 72 years: his brother, Paul; and sister, Clara.
Donations in Dr. Boutwell’s name may be made to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, WIMR, 1111 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705. The Roswell K. Boutwell Fellowship Fund has been established in his honor to support the training of future cancer researchers.