Purnell Choppin, 91, Died; Researcher Lays Foundation for Pandemic

His wife, Joan, as well as his daughter, survived him. After taking over the Hughes Institute, Dr. Choppin loved to tell his colleagues a story about meeting his reclusive famous philanthropist. In 1938, Hughes, a successful aviator and also an industrialist, was stopping in Baton Rouge to refuel, and Arthur Choppin took 9-year-old Purnell and […]

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