James Prahl fell to his death while mountain climbing in Utah on July 1, 1979. He was 48 years old.
He was an associate professor in the Pathology Department at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he was teaching and doing research on the complement system. A member of the National Institutes of Health Allergy and Immunology Study Section and the American Heart Association Immunology and Microbiology Research Study Committee, he also was an associate editor of the Journal of Immunology, an advisory editor of Immunochemistry (Molecular Immunology), and on the editorial board of Archives of Biochemistry-Biophysics. He was a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the British Biochemical Society.
Dr. Prahl was born in New York City in 1931. He graduated from Princeton University cum laude in 1953 and received his M.D. in 1957 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.