Internationally known cancer researcher Eldon J. Gardner, 79, an emeritus professor of biology at Utah State University, died of a heart attack Wednesday, Feb. 1, at his home.
Dr. Gardner spent the past 42 years solving the riddles of a deadly hereditary cancer and, though retired for more than a decade, amazed his relatives, friends and colleagues by going to work practically every day and spending long hours in his laboratories at USU.He wrote more than 300 publications, including 24 textbooks. Many of his texts are used today in colleges and universities throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. Several are in their seventh and eighth editions.
Dr. Gardner's sleuthing took him to laboratories, hospitals and Utah cities where he interviewed families with a history of what became known as the Gardner Syndrome.
Born June 5, 1909 in Logan, a son of John W. and Cynthia Hill Gardner, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at USU and a doctorate at the University of California at Berkley and did post graduate work at the University of London.
He and his wife, the former Helen Richards, of Salt Lake City, met at Berkeley and were married Aug. 21, 1939 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had six children.
Services will be Monday, Feb. 6, at noon in the Logan 5th Ward LDS Chapel, 5th East and the Boulevard, Logan. Burial will be in the Logan City Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Book of Mormon Family to Family program.