Dr. Rulon Wells Rawson, a well-known doctor who received the University of Utah Distinquished Alumnus Award in 1977, died April 28, 1989.

Dr. Rawson, 80, was a research fellow at Harvard Medical College and a staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He later became a professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He was also the dean at New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, a professor of medicine and vice president for Education and Program Development at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.Dr. Rawson was the director of the Bonneville Center for Research in Cancer Cause and Prevention in Salt Lake City. He was also a member of numerous national committees, including the Atomic Energy Commission. He was active in the American Cancer Society and a member of the Advisory Council on Health Manpower.

Funeral services for Dr. Rawson will be May 1 at noon at the Monument Park 12th Ward, 2795 Crestview Drive. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society - Utah Division, 610 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.