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This profile was last updated on 6/2/06  and contains information from public web pages.

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  • master's degree , physics
  • master's degree , medical biochemistry
    Thomas Jefferson University
Web References - HealthWatch - Man, 83, Fulfills Promise To Dying Wife, 2 June 2006 [cached]
George Rayl Adds Biochemistry To Physics Degree
When 83-year-old George Rayl isn't gardening, he is studying medical biochemistry.
"It's the chemistry of life and it affects us all very intimately," Rayl said.
There is a reason for Rayl's dedication -- a promise he made to his wife Olga 11 years ago as she lay dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
"I said, 'Well, I'll make you a promise. … I'll spend the rest of my life working in this field in an attempt to find a solution for this thing," Rayl said.
Now, Rayl has made his promise to Olga come true.He was the oldest graduate at Thomas Jefferson University, receiving a master's degree in medical biochemistry.Olga was on his mind.
George Rayl already had a master's degree in physics and worked in the space industry for General Electric.
Now, he will use that same brilliant mind to contribute to the study of ALS -- the degenerative disease that attacks the brain.The disease not only took his wife of 45 years, but her father, too.
Now Rayl worries about his seven kids.
"A cure is a lofty goal -- at least a treatment for ALS.Right now there's nothing.Zip.Zero," Rayl said.
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