There won't be any loss of continuity in the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards program caused by the recent death of Alice Fordyce, former executive vice president of the New York- based Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, say scientists associated with the program. Fordyce died September 9 at the age of 86, after a brief illness.

Jordan U. Gutterman, who replaced Fordyce as Lasker Foundation executive vice president and director of the Lasker awards program on Dec. 31, 1990, says that the time he spent discussing the program with Fordyce before her death provided the necessary background he needed to ensure its successful continuation. Says Gutterman, who administered the awards for the first time when they were given in 1991, after a one-year moratorium in 1990: "Although she traveled a lot that year, she was available quite a bit for me."

Gutterman says that, since "we were already going through...

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