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Thomas “Tom” Lavin of Watchung, N.J., died Sept. 26 after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. He was the husband of Cathy Koo for 28 years. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Norma and Edward Lavin. He went to schools in Longmeadow. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1973, and New York University Medical School, class of 1977. He engaged in medical research for many years at Duke University, UC San Francisco, Cornell Medical School, and the Ciba-Geigy Corporation. Over the course of his career, he filed numerous patents in a diverse array of fields, from endocrine medical treatments to structural materials. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Adena Lavin; and his brothers, Daniel and James Lavin. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME

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