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Skin Care Industry Loses Sheldon Pinnel: A Father of Topical Antioxidants

Posted: July 15, 2013
Sheldon Pinnell, MD

Sheldon Pinnell, MD

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"Pinnell set the highest standard in teaching and research, and his mentorship provided me with the tools necessary to pursue my professional goals. We have lost a true mentor and dear friend," said Tina Alster, MD, director and Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery clinical professor.

"Pinnell had an energy and enthusiasm for life and a knowledge of dermatology that was second to none. He will be missed by his many colleagues and by dermatologists globally," said Jean Krutmann, MD, professor of dermatology and environmental medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf.

Pinnell was accomplished in so many ways, but most particularly he would like to be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and ardent Duke Blue Devil fan. Pinnell is survived by his wife, Doren Madey Pinnell, MD; three sons, Kevin, Alden and Tyson; and five grandchildren.

A small, private ceremony was held on Monday, July 8, in Duke University gardens. Later this year, a celebration of his life will be held at the Duke University Chapel, in conjunction with the dedication of the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pinnell's honor may be made to Duke University (PO Box 90581, Durham, NC 27701). Contributions may be designated for the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology or for Duke Athletics, the Sarah P Duke Memorial Gardens, and Nasher Museum of Art.