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Bonnie Mathieson holding a puppyBonnie Mathieson, Ph.D.

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our dear colleague Bonnie Mathieson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 8, 2018. Bonnie had a long and distinguished career, spanning 43 years at the NIH. During her tenure as the lead for HIV/AIDS Vaccines at OAR, she was instrumental in advancing the NIH AIDS Vaccine program in countless ways. She lent her expertise, wisdom, advice and support to numerous vaccine trials, including RV144, the National Primate Research Centers and SPF colonies, and she helped develop a vaccine scholars program to train the next generation of scientists. Prior to coming to OAR she was a Program Officer in the Vaccine Branch at the Division of AIDS, NIAID where her immunology expertise was vital to NIH's mission of developing and testing an HIV vaccine. Before joining NIAID, she made seminal contributions to the field of basic T cell immunology while an investigator at the NCI. While at NIH Bonnie also served on review boards for the World Health Organization, European Commission, Canada, and the Gates Foundation. She published more than 125 articles and chapters, received regular performance awards during her tenure at the NIH, and won the Alumnus Award from Weill-Cornell Medical College. Bonnie retired from the NIH on Dec. 29, 2017.

Bonnie was a tireless advocate for young people, women, and early career investigators. Her colleagues knew her as an international leader in the HIV vaccine field and a devout supporter of research to prevent HIV and improve the health and outcomes of people living with HIV. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Bonnie personally have lost a dear friend.

When we hear from her family about arrangements, we will pass along that information.

No words can express our sadness about Bonnie's sudden passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to know and work with her. Our thoughts are with Bonnie's family and friends.

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