William H. Prusoff

William H. Prusoff, 90, of Branford, the father of Alvin Prusoff of Fairfield, died April 3 in Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Born June 25, 1920, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Samuel and Mary Metrick Prusoff. He was a member of the Yale School of Medicine faculty for 57 years and a fellow of Pierson College at the university.

After World War II, he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University and did his post-doctoral work at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He joined the Yale faculty in 1953 and was partly responsible for development of the anti-viral drug d4T for the treatment of AIDS. Under his direction, the William H. Prusoff Foundation supported numerous programs, including establishment of the Fairfield Theatre Co.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Brigitte Auerbach Prusoff, and a brother, George Prusoff.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Laura Prusoff of Ortahisar, Turkey.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Thomas More Center, 268 Park St., New Haven. A reception will follow. Spear-Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield handled the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the William H. Prusoff Foundation, 880 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-8403.