Dr. Anne P. Autor was born in Prince George, BC. As a student, she received three degrees in biochemistry, including undergraduate and master’s degrees with honours from UBC and a PhD from Duke University. After post‑doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, her first faculty appointment was at University of Iowa’s Department of Pharmacology in 1972. Dr. Autor returned to Vancouver in 1983, serving as professor of pathology at UBC and clinical researcher at St. Paul’s Hospital. She was a visiting professor in research laboratories in the UK, Switzerland, and South Africa. After retirement from UBC in 2000, she taught at Al Ain University in the United Arab Emirates and the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Autor authored numerous scientific treatises and published two books on the biochemical mechanisms of oxygen toxicity. She opened the first DNA forensic lab in BC, working closely with the RCMP. She was active in many professional and civic organizations in the US and Canada, including the UBC Faculty Senate, and served as an advisor to the BC Ministry of the Environment and two US government agencies.
She is survived by son Kurt Autor of Wasilla, Alaska, and by son Erik, daughter‑in‑law Ariadne, and grandsons Christian and Alec Autor of Falls Church, Virginia.