Donald S. Coffey, Sr.

Dr. Donald S. Coffey, Sr. '57
1979 Outstanding Alumnus

Dr. Coffey, a triple professor of pharmacology, oncology and urology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is noted for his work in cancer research. When he graduated from ETSU in 1957 with a B.S. degree in chemistry, the idea that he would someday be a vital member of one of the most prestigious centers of learning -- The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine -- was little more than a dream. With intermediate stops along the way, for two years as a chemist at North American Rayon Corporation in Elizabethton and three years with Westinghouse Electronics Corporation in Baltimore, Coffey reached Johns Hopkins in 1960 as acting director of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Research Laboratory. In 1964, he earned a Ph.D. in physiological chemistry from Hopkins, his research career began expanding, and today he spends some 70 percent of his time in that area with the remaining time divided between teaching and administrative matters.