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Milestones – “Never Give Up!”

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Robert E. Schenter 4-Jan-37 : 9-Jul-13, PhD. A continuous optimist for the things he understood: youth education and beneficial uses of nuclear physics.  Most important was the development and advancement of radioactive isotopes for medical diagnostics and therapies.

Known by close associates as ‘Dr. Bob’, he was also a co-founder of Citizens For Medical Isotopes (CMI), an education foundation promoting the education, development, and use of special radioactive isotopes for diagnosis and cure of dread diseases.  This author was privileged to co-author and publish a paper(1) describing medical isotope sources, availability and needs worldwide.  CMI was also involved with promoting the use of the Fast Flux Test Facility near Richland, Washington, for special isotope production.  Dr. Schenter  identified and prepared numerous isotopes using this reactor.

During the advocacy and continuing until his passing, Dr. Bob was noted for his nevergiveup‘Never Give Up’ attitude as characterized by his favorite cartoon.  His last advocacy activity was an interview with Mary Claire Birdsong and Dr. John Shanahan of GoNulcear only two weeks before his passing.

Dr. Schenter had been Chief Science Officer of Advanced Medical Isotopes Corporation since 2006. Dr. Schenter served as the Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board of Advanced Medical Isotope Corp., from June 2006 to August 2008. He had over 25 years’ experience in the area of radioisotope production for applications in the treatment and diagnosis of major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. With more than 35 years’ experience in the use and production of nuclear data as applied to fission reactor systems, Dr. Schenter had a legacy of successful application to nuclear technology projects. Dr. Schenter had been the Site Manager for production of medical isotopes at Westinghouse Hanford and at The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He was active with several Cancer Foundations, an American Nuclear Society Fellow, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on the medical uses of Isotopes, and had testified before Congress on Medical Isotope Supply and Applications. Dr. Schenter served as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Advanced Medical Isotopes Corporation.

Dr. Shenter’s achievements included 8 patents related to the production of medical isotopes (2-9).

  1. Medical isotope development and supply opportunities in the 21st century. Troyer, G. L.; Schenter, R. E. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry vol. 282 issue 1 October 2009. p. 243 – 246
  2. Robert E Schenter, Dennis W Wester, Glenn W Hollenberg, Brian M Rapko, Gregg J Lumetta: Medical radioisotopes and methods for producing the same. Battelle Memorial Institute February 2012: US 8126104
  3. Robert E Schenter, Dennis W Wester, Glenn W Hollenberg, Brian M Rapko, Gregg J Lumetta: Medical radioisotopes and methods for producing the same. March 2009: US 20090060812
  4. Charles S Holden, Robert E Schenter: Compound isotope target assembly for production of medical and commercial isotopes by means of spectrum shaping alloys. November 2009: US 20090274258
  5. Robert E Schenter, Dennis W Wester, Glen W Hollenberg, Brian M Rapko, Gregg J Lumetta: Medical radioisotopes and methods for producing the same. Battelle Memorial Institute February 2006: US 20060023829
  6. Robert E Schenter, Michael K Korenko: Very Large Enhancements of Thermal Neutron Fluxes Resulting in a Very Large Enhancement of the Production of Molybdenum-99 Including Spherical Vessels. May 2012: US 20120121053
  7. Robert E Schenter, Michael K Korenko: Method of transmuting very long lived isotopes. April 2011: US 20110080986
  8. Charles S Holden, Robert e Schenter: Compact neutron generator for medical and commercial isotope production, fission product purification and controlled gamma reactions for direct electric power generation. November 2011: US 20110268237
  9. Robert E Schenter: Very large enhancements of thermal neutron fluxes resulting in a very large enhancement of the production of molybdenum-99.
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2 comments to Milestones – “Never Give Up!”

  • Wanda Munn

    An incredible intellect, compassionate human being, unparalleled colleague, and treasured friend, we will not see his like again in this life. What a privilege to have had such an accessible ally and constant source of precise knowledge! Thank you for the words of remembrance.

  • Neat piece on Dr.Bob, Gary!!!!!

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