Monday, August 15, 2022

Kevin James Gilligan, 67

WILMINGTON — Kevin J. Gilligan, Ph.D., suddenly and unexpectedly passed away Monday, June 20, 2022, in Wilmington, NC over the weekend where he resided for the past 6 years.  He is survived by his much-loved son Alex and his furry friends, Benny and Tris.

Kevin was employed as a Senior Consultant for Biologics Consulting Group. His expertise was in the field of Virology and vaccine development. Previously, Kevin worked at HHS/BARDA as Unit Chief and Senior Project Manager for antiviral drugs and pandemic influenza. He was also Founder and CEO of Gilligan Pharma Consulting LLC. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of biologicals, vaccines, and antivirals.

Kevin was born in Boston on Jan. 19, 1955 and raised in Medford, MA. He was the fifth child of the late Thomas F. and Lucille O. (Gavuglio) Gilligan.

Kevin was brilliant and funny, a combination not fully appreciated by the nuns at St. Francis of Assisi School in Medford. He graduated from Malden Catholic HS and Salem State College in Massachusetts. Kevin earned his Ph.D. in Virology from UNC at Chapel Hill and completed his post-doctoral studies at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver under the direction of Dr. Nancy Raab-Traub.

Kevin is also survived by his sister and brother in law Kate and Bob Burke of Bethesda, MD and North Palm Beach FL, his brother and sister in law Thom Gilligan and Joan Lynch of West Barnstable, MA and Lahaina, HI, his brother and sister in law Paul and Eileen Gilligan of Plymouth, MA, his sister and brother in law Mary Jane and Ted Kimball of Newbury, NH and his sister and brother in law Anne and Bob Gingrich of Hingham, MA, his nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin would wish for you to believe in science, get vaccinated and root for the Celtics.

A celebration of life will be planned at a future date in Brant Rock, MA when we will honor Kevin, tell his story, and eat fried clams.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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