GERALD RAYMOND FALOONA, Ph.D., a nationally recognized diabetes researcher, professor of biochemistry and political activist passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2000 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Francisco CA from complications due to pneumonia.  His daughter Kelly Faloona Joy of Sunland CA, his son Brandon Fitzgerald Faloona of Seattle WA, former wife and close friend Linda Fredrickson of Shadow Hills CA, and niece Deirdre Lynne Steinmetz of Richmond CA were at his side when he peacefully departed at 3:30 am.

Dr. Faloona was born April 7, l940 in Chicago, Illinois to Georgia Erma Rogerson and Raymond John Faloona.  He was a descendant of Patrick Faloona Sr. of Ballytrustan, Strangford, County Down, Ireland.  After graduating from Fenger High School in Chicago IL, he attended University of Florida where in 1962 he earned a BS in Chemistry and in 1966 a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. 

Dr. Faloona married nursing professional, diabetes specialist, and political activist Linda “Freddi” Fredrickson.  They relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1967, where Dr. Faloona became a highly respected research scientist at the Veterans Administration Diabetes Lab in Dallas where he published 45 major papers based on his diabetes research.  At the same time he taught biochemistry to medical students as a professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Dallas.

As an employee of the Veterans Administration in Dallas he risked his position repeatedly by publicly supporting anti-war activities throughout North Texas.  He was a founding member of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee in Dallas, and an active member of the board of directors of the Dallas Peace Committee.  In 1974, Dr. Faloona was one of the principal organizers for the Sissy Farenthold for Governor Campaign.

One of his proudest achievements was helping/assisting the first black student to be enrolled at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  As a biochemistry professor at Bishop College in Dallas TX, Dr. Faloona was a major supporter of a student led effort to protest the lack of funding and training for students attending the all black college.  Working in collaboration with Bishop College and the University of Texas, Dr. Faloona conducted one of the first remote teaching courses using early video technology.

In addition to his daughter, son, former wife and niece, left to cherish his memory are: brother Ronald James Faloona of Chicago, grandchildren Skyler and Zoey Joy, and nephews Ian and Fred Faloona. 

His family will meet in Shadow Hills CA to soak in his favorite Jacuzzi, and celebrate his life, heartfelt compassion, and good humor.  He was a great brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

In lieu of remembrances, the family wishes that donations be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center in memory of Gerald Raymond Faloona.  They can be reached at:

Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

The family can be reached at:

c/o Brandon Faloona
PO Box 12152
Seattle WA  98105
brandon at

For more information visit or contact Jed Riffe at 510 593-6945