Ronald LaPorte pioneered registry for diabetes patients

LaPorte, an emeritus professor of epidemiology who had a unique and lasting impact on everything from diabetes research to open-access academic lectures, the modern Library of Alexandria and care for homeless veterans, died on Oct. 30, 2021, at 72.

His colleagues noted on the epidemiology department webpage: “To his many friends and collaborators across the globe, Ron LaPorte was both the inexhaustible investigator who led them down the path of constant inquiry and an instant friend who brought energy and fun to any gathering.”

LaPorte finished his Ph.D. in psychology at Pitt in 1976.

Read a Pitt epidemiology department obituary