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In Memory of

Dennis Keith Stone

July 20, 1951 - June 17, 2017

Obituary


Dennis Keith Stone, age 65, died at his home on June 17th of a glioblastoma. Dennis was born on July 20th, 1951 in Dallas, Texas to Mildred Hunter Stone and Franklin Dial Stone, Jr. He grew up in Dallas and attended Thomas Jefferson High School and The University of Texas (UT) at Austin (Plan II). After graduating college, he returned to Dallas to attend UT Southwestern Medical School. He then spent three years in New York City obtaining specialty training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. While at Columbia, he met his wife, Helen...

Dennis Keith Stone, age 65, died at his home on June 17th of a glioblastoma. Dennis was born on July 20th, 1951 in Dallas, Texas to Mildred Hunter Stone and Franklin Dial Stone, Jr. He grew up in Dallas and attended Thomas Jefferson High School and The University of Texas (UT) at Austin (Plan II). After graduating college, he returned to Dallas to attend UT Southwestern Medical School. He then spent three years in New York City obtaining specialty training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. While at Columbia, he met his wife, Helen Haskell Hobbs, a fellow resident. They married in Concord, MA and moved to Dallas in 1980 to finish their medical training at UT Southwestern. Dennis completed a fellowship in Nephrology at UT Southwestern and then spent a year in Ithaca, NY, where he trained as a scientist in the laboratory of the biochemist Effraim Racker. He returned to Dallas, where he held the NCH Corporation Chair in Molecular Transport and ran Hemodialysis at Parkland Hospital. Ultimately he became Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Molecular Transport. In 1998, he became Vice President of Technology Development at UT Southwestern and was responsible for protecting, licensing, and commercializing the inventions and discoveries of the faculty. In this capacity, he spearheaded the formation of many new companies, including several in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He served on the board of several companies, including Reata Pharmaceuticals. Under his leadership, the BioCenter at UT Southwestern, an incubator for nascent biotechnology companies, was established. In 2016, he received the Helix Award from Bionorth TX for his leadership in the life science industry and contributions to health care. This award was recently renamed The Dennis Stone Award in recognition of his many contributions to the development of biotechnology in Dallas and in Texas. In 2011, Dennis left UT Southwestern to join Remeditex, a venture capital company established by Lyda Hill that invests in early biotechnology. Dennis enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He leaves his wife of 37 years, their beloved sons (Langdon Gundry Stone and Hunter Hobbs Stone), daughter-in-law (Laurel Anne Stone), and grand-daughter (Anna Hobbs Stone). He was preceded in death by both of his parents and a cousin, Gordon Humphries, who was like a brother to him. His honorary pallbearers are Neils Agather, James Bass, Keith Bell, Jamey Clement, Lawrence Chud, Thomas Daniel, John Elwood, Warren Huff, Wick Johnson, Robert Schneider, Robert Toto, Kern Wildenthal and Xiao-Song Xie. The family wants to also thank the many other friends and colleagues who have provided the family with support this year. Finally, we extend special thanks to Miranda Lungu and Kit Reisch for their kindness and care. A memorial service will be held at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home at 2 PM on Thursday, June 22nd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at www.utsouthwestern.edu/donatenow to support the training and development of physician-scientists.