- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — J. Tyson Tildon, a neuroscientist who created and headed the Division of Pediatric Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, died of cancer Feb. 28 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74.

Mr. Tildon conducted research in the biochemistry of certain types of mental retardation.

He coined the term “metabolic trafficking,” by which one cell type supplies nutrients to another, colleagues said. He wrote 115 scientific papers and eight book chapters.

Colleagues said that because Mr. Tildon was barred from attending Baltimore’s then-white academic high schools in the 1950s, he was eager to influence educational decisions and reforms decades later.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Tildon was a 1950 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. He earned a chemistry degree from Morgan State University in 1954 and a doctorate in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1965.

He studied at Brandeis University, and in 1967, he joined the Goucher College faculty.

In 1968, the University of Maryland recruited him to its department of pediatrics, where he taught and conducted research until his retirement in 2000.

He also served as chairman of the school board, the Civil Service Commission and the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s board of trustees, all in Baltimore.

“He was one of Baltimore’s great unsung heroes,” former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said Tuesday. “In a sense, he gave his gifts to all of us through his service to education.”

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