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Dr. J. Thomas August, Johns Hopkins scientist who worked to tame viruses, dies

Dr. J. Thomas August, Johns Hopkins scientist who worked to tame viruses, dies

Dr. J. Thomas August, who did pioneering research in immunology and vaccine development at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died Feb. 11 of metastatic cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The former Poplar Hill resident was 91.

In his lengthy career, Dr. August had worked to find a vaccine for Zika, the mosquito-borne flavivirus.

Born in Whittier, Calif., he was the youngest of six children of John and Elizabeth August. His father, John August, came from western Ukraine and farmed in California. His mother was from Slovakia.

He met his future wife, Jean Nordstrom, at Whittier High School. They corresponded during his service in the Army in Alaska at the...

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