April 24, 2007
William Price is Named the Recipient of
La Salle’s First Brother Scubillion Rousseau Justice Award
William A. Price, Ph.D., is not your run-of-the-mill chemistry professor. In addition to his time in the classroom, Price is an active member not only in the La Salle community, but also in the more global community. Price mentors high school students, has participated in service trips to both rural and urban locales, and has brought a Rwandan refugee into his home. As if this is not enough, Price also performs groundbreaking cancer research.
In recognition of Price’s dedication to service, he was recently awarded with La Salle University’s first Brother Scubillion Rousseau Justice Award. The award was developed to honor La Salle faculty or staff members who understand their roles in creating a more just world. Remembered as the “catechist of the slaves,” Brother Scubillion Rousseau dedicated the last 34 years of his life to educating the enslaved natives of the island Reunion in the Indian Ocean. In the last years of his life, he assisted the local pastor in visiting the sick, winning over sinners, encouraging vocations, and even performing what seemed to be miraculous cures.
In his 21 years at La Salle, Price has conducted extensive research in his field, although it is his current research that he has found most exciting and rewarding. Through his research and experimentation, Price has developed a compound that could ultimately result in a major breakthrough in the treatment of cancer.
Price’s chemical compound LS-5 (named for La Salle) can drastically reduce the dosage of radiation treatment needed by cancer patients. In the traditional radiation process, the “bad” cancerous cells are destroyed along with some good cells. Price’s LS-5 will reduce the number of good cells that are destroyed, reducing the need for dangerously high doses of radioactive treatment.
Brother Robert Kinzler, F.S.C., La Salle’s director of University Ministry and Service, presented Price with the award during the University’s recent Charter Week celebration. In presenting Price with his award, Kinzler said, “He incorporated service and advocacy into his professional life, using his research skills to uncover truth within complicated issues. He has delved into issues including cancer, AIDS, global warning, alternate energy sources, and the effects of these crises on vulnerable populations.” Kinzler continues “He has dedicated much of his chemistry research to cancer, working in children’s hospitals to develop treatments and foster an awareness for the need of research efforts.”
Price, a resident of Glenside, Pa., received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster, and a doctoral degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. During his tenure at La Salle, he has been the recipient of numerous research awards and grants, including a Fulbright Scholarship. In receiving his award, Price said “I draw my inspiration from many of my students who learned from an early age the art and science of altruism—giving of themselves is an obligation and a lifestyle, not an event.”