J. Donald Capra's Retirement as OK Medical Research Foundation President Set for May 1

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J. Donald Capra on Friday has set May 1 as his retirement date as president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

I decided this about two years ago, and it's gone pretty much the way I planned it, Capra said. Rather than to say I'm retiring, I like to say I'm stepping down. This is a jewel of an organization. I loved the job and people I've worked with, but it's a mistake to assume you can do it forever.

Capra, who has held the post since 1997, said he will continue his laboratory work at the foundation.

OMRF board Chairman Len Cason said Capra's successor likely will be announced next week.

Over the past year we have conducted an intensive national search to find a pre-eminent scientist with the leadership skills and vision to succeed Dr. Capra, Cason said. That process is nearly complete, and we plan on making an announcement within the next week.

Capra arrived after spending 23 years as a scientist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

In his time as president, OMRF funding received from the National Institutes of Health has increased from $8 million in 1997 to $27. …