In Memoriam: Dr. John R. La Montagne

November 3, 2004

John R. La Montagne, Ph.D.,
NIAID Deputy Director
Secretary, TB Alliance Board of Directors
1943 - 2004

Dr. John La Montagne, deputy director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a founding member of the Board of Directors at the TB Alliance, died suddenly in Mexico City on November 2, 2004.

Dr. La Montagne was a dear friend and a tireless supporter of the TB Alliance and his gentle presence and fierce loyalty will be missed.

“Through his efforts to create and guide the Alliance, John inspired all of us and reaffirmed the moral imperative to overcome this ancient disease of poverty,” said Dr. Maria C. Freire, President and CEO. “Our greatest tribute to him will be achieving our goal of a faster cure and knowing that his efforts will be felt wherever people suffer from tuberculosis or mourn its victims.”

“He was vital to the creation of the TB Alliance and, as a charter member of its Board of Directors, he provided steadfast support and guidance. Through his efforts, he has given hope to all who suffer from this disease,” said Dr. Gijs Elzinga, Chairman of the Board of Directors.