Ralph E. Montgomery, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Bay Pines VA Hospice, St. Petersburg, Florida, following a five-month-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Melrose Park, Illinois on December 24, 1933 and resided in Indian Rocks Beach since 1990, following a rewarding career full of world travel.
Ralph was an Emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He obtained his degree in Architecture through the G.I. Bill, at the University of Illinois, after serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Ralph retired after more than 40 years of architectural practice. He was a Senior Associate in the Walter Gropius firm, The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Partner in the Boston architectural firm of Kennedy/Montgomery Associates, Ralph was also director of design for architectural firms in the Middle East in Jordan and Kuwait for several years.
Art was a lifelong hobby for Ralph, with many pieces of his work being recognized during the last two decades. For several consecutive years, he won First Place Ribbons for his art work, at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in Florida, where he was an outpatient due to a service connected disability. Twice, he was recipient of the Veterans Administration Gold Medal at their annual National Creative Arts Festival. Ralph hosted several one-man art shows in the Pinellas County area. He taught at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach and had also taught art to disabled vets, on a volunteer basis, at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.
Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Phyllis (Larson); their four children and spouses, Robert (Kathleen) Montgomery, Jon (Jackie) Montgomery, Lois (Allen) Finney, Jean (Jonathan) Smith; and six grandchildren: Matthew and Jordan Finney, Haley and Hanna Montgomery, Daniel and Amy Smith.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beach Art Center of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, or Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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WINGS OF HOPE is proud to award three $50,000 grants to University of Colorado Cancer Center physicians and personnel involved in pancreatic cancer research. The research proposals approved by WINGS OF HOPE involve (1) Aldehyde Dehydrogenase as a Potential Target in Pancreatic Cancer; (2) Patient Derived Tumor Organoids to Identify Effective Drug Combination Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer; and (3) Identification of Therapeutic Liabilities in the Mutant p53 Transcriptome. Information on the recipients will be announced at the formal grant award presentation later this year. Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers, with a 5 year survival rate less than 5 percent. Every dollar matters in this effort, and we thank all WINGS OF HOPE supporters for their continued generosity in making these research grants a reality.
WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH was formed in February 2012 by Maureen A. Shul after losing her mother and brother within months of one another to pancreatic cancer. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for the ongoing research, clinical trials and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Pancreatic cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, pancreatic cancer is the only one with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. This survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years.
By 2020 it is anticipated pancreatic cancer will rise from the third to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (based on projected changes in U.S. population demographics and incidence of death rates).
With no early detection tools, effective treatments or adequate funding for research, the rapidly rising threat of pancreatic cancer urgently demands an increase in awareness and research funding.
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