Daniel Caldwell, Johnson & Johnson
Frank Mastrocco, a long-time member of SETAC, died suddenly at home in Bayville, New York, on 27 December 2018.
Frank received his B.S. and M.S. in toxicology from St. John’s University, New York, in 1985, and was a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology since 1993. He held a number of professional positions with CIBA-Geigy Corporation, American Cyanamid Company, National Starch & Chemical Company and Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. before moving to Pfizer, Inc. in 1998, where he was the Director, Environmental Toxicology at the time of his death.
Frank shared his vast knowledge of the environmental and human health issues facing the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with his colleagues by participating in numerous professional organizations, including serving on multiple SETAC Interest Groups such as Science and Risk Communication, Endocrine Disruptor Testing and Risk Assessment, Human Health Risk Assessment and Pharmaceuticals. Beyond SETAC, he was an influential participant in multiple professional societies and trade associations, contributing to several key publications addressing environmental and human health implications of pharmaceuticals in the environment.
His expertise was recognized internationally when he was appointed to the European Commission’s Priority Substances List, Working Group – Chemicals, which selected and evaluated chemical and pharmaceutical contaminants for potential Environmental Quality Standard development for regulatory use under the Water Framework Directive. Frank was the pharmaceutical industry lead representative to both the US Council for International Business (USCIB) Product Policy Working Group and the UN Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM), which adopted pharmaceuticals in the environment as an emerging policy issue in 2015.
In his professional dealings, Frank lived up to his name by bringing directness to discussions. It is hard to imagine a meeting without him. He always brought a great combination of pragmatism, good science and an understanding of human behavior while seeking to achieve consensus. His friends and colleagues will also miss his good humor in conversations over dinner.
Frank is survived by his wife, Donna, and daughter, Alicia. Alicia is doing her veterinary residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and Donna has indicated that Frank would be pleased for any donations in his memory to be made to the animal center:
The Animal Medical Center
510 62nd Street, Floor 2
New York, NY 10065
Author’s contact information: DCaldwel@its.jnj.com