Earle Blomeyer made his name in Atlanta as the owner of Gladwin Plastics, Inc. Throughout the years, he has been a generous benefactor of Emory University and Winship Cancer Institute.
Among many contributions, Blomeyer established the Frances Kelly Blomeyer Chair in Cancer Research in memory of his first wife, a non-smoker who was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away in 1984. Since 2008, the Blomeyer Chair has been held by Dong Moon Shin, MD, Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology and an international leader in the treatment of lung cancer and head and neck cancer along with mesothelioma, and thymic tumors.
Shin says: "It has been an honor to hold this chair for the past nine years. In that time, I have focused my research on discovery of anti-cancer drugs and smart delivery to cancer cells by novel technologies, such as nanotechnology. I have also worked on cancer prevention strategies against lung and head and neck cancers with molecularly targeted agents and non-toxic natural compounds."
In addition, Shin has established a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in head and neck cancer at Winship. SPORE grants support for projects that will result in new and diverse approaches to the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers.