Helen Murray Free and President Barack Obama

Elkhart-based chemist Helen Murray Free received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from then-President Barack Obama in 2009. She died Saturday at age 98.

ELKHART — Helen Murray Free, who co-created the first dip-and-read diabetes test, received many recognitions for her own accomplishments in chemistry and tirelessly encouraged students to get involved in science, died Saturday at Greenleaf Health Campus in Elkhart. She was 98.

Free and her husband, Alfred, worked together at Miles Laboratories and developed the Clinistix tests in 1956, making it possible for millions to monitor their glucose levels at home.

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Revolution 1776

To bad the Miles Globalists pulled out of Elkhart leaving an economic vacuum


Dr and Dr Free were wonderful people, easy to talk to full of energy. Can you imagine what impact they had on world health? As a diabetic family I am in awe that the meter I use every day was because of their ingenuity and talent. RIP

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