COVID-19 has claimed one of our own.

Deane K. Felter, a founding member of our Stakeholder Expert Panel, passed away earlier this week.

Deane was a true champion of research and research participation. His  first interaction with Tufts CTSI was in 2013, when he participated as a patient-stakeholder in an Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS) broadly-engaged team science project on knee replacement surgery. In 2017, he was an invaluable contributor to our Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) re-application and the formation of the Stakeholder Expert Panel.

He was an enthusiastic member of the panel, and a wonderful role model for leadership, insight, engagement, and kindness.

In addition to his work with Tufts CTSI, Deane was a patient reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and a volunteer at the Arthritis Foundation. He was also the owner of Thistle Marketing Company.

We thank Deane for his many contributions to research and to Tufts CTSI. He was an inspiration to so many of us.

We will miss him.