Waleed Danho Tribute
We are deeply saddened to inform you that our dear friend and colleague Dr. Waleed Ohan Danho passed away on Aug 28, 2023 in Del Mar, California. He was 82 years of age. His passing is a great loss to us all in the peptide community and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
To say that Waleed was a unique and unforgettable individual is an understatement. Anyone who spent any time with him would applaud the logo on the sweatshirt that he is wearing in the attached photo. “Waleed. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.”
Waleed was an exceptional peptide chemist and leaves behind a large body of publications and patents from his research endeavors. He had an immense belief in the power and potential of peptide therapeutics for providing life-changing medical treatments. His irrepressible personality, passion and advocacy for peptide science, generosity in sharing his vast knowledge, and his forthright style drew and endeared him to people he met. It was always clear to those who knew him that he expected high standards from his scientific colleagues. He welcomed and joyfully plunged into robust scientific debates, was honest in sharing his opinions and scientific advice and celebrated advances in his research field.
When he retired to live in Del Mar, California he was cajoled by a friend to get a dog. He often commented on the fact that he had no idea that one little French bulldog could so completely steal his heart. Buddy was his constant companion who enthusiastically greeted visitors to his home. He continued to be actively engaged in research, serving as a scientific advisor to Pharma and biotech companies. He generously gave his time to the Peptide Therapeutics Foundation, playing a major role on the program committee each year. He rarely missed a meeting and never failed to ask challenging scientific questions at the peptide symposia. Above all, he mentored young scientists and supported the careers of promising academic researchers in the peptide field.
There is no doubt he would want each of us to honor his legacy by following his example and giving generously of our time and intellect to ensure that the field of peptide research continues to advance.