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Dr. Jeffrey Kant


On September 29, 2012, Dr. Jeffrey Alan Kant, age 65, of Franklin Park, beloved husband of Julie Kant; father of Benjamin (Sarah) Kant, Peter (Laura Zajac) Kant; brother of William (Myriam) Kant, Christopher (Debra) Kant, Alan (Helen Misczuk) Kant; grandfather of Rebecca, Talia, Max & Nathaniel; Jeffrey was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Martha Kant.

Born in Boston, Jeff was a life-long Red Sox fan. He grew up in Watertown, NY, received his AB degree (Biology-Chemistry) from Princeton University, and completed his MD and PhD (Biochemistry) at the University of Chicago. After internship and residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, he received a fellowship appointment in the Hematopathology Section of the Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland.

After 12 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Pittsburgh as Professor of Pathology and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Division of Molecular Diagnostics in the Department of Pathology. During his five years directing the Pathology Residency Training Program, his residents honored him as “the Residency Director with the open door, open appointment book, and open mind.”

Jeff also founded and directed the Molecular Diagnostic Fellowship program where he inspired a generation of pathologists, passing on his considerable knowledge, guiding individual aspirations and careers, and instilling in his fellows a deep commitment to patient care.

He helped found and was first president of the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP). Jeff served on many committees for AMP, the College of American Pathologists, and other professional organizations. He was an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He enjoyed traveling, particularly to Hawaii, and he loved playing with his grandchildren.

Friends received between 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Thursday, October 4 at Simons Funeral Home, Inc., 7720 Perry Highway. Memorial Service on Friday, October 5 at 11:00 am, in the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2359 West Ingomar Road.

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