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Dr. Paul David Stolley, a renowned epidemiologist

Dr. Paul David Stolley, a renowned epidemiologist

Dr. Paul David Stolley, an epidemiologist who fought for more rigorous drug safety testing, died Fridayof bone cancer in his Columbia home. He was 80.

His friends and family said Dr. Stolley devoted his life to advancing public health through his research and by mentoring others.

“He thought it was very important to do public service, and he taught all of us that we should be working to help others in any way we could,” said his daughter, Anna Stolley Persky. “He was best able to help others by doing his meticulous research.”

He was born June 17, 1937, in Pawling, N.Y., the son of Herman and Rosalie Stolley, both active members of the Communist Party. Though he distanced...