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New details on victims in deadly plane crash

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Dr. Joep Lange Dr. Joep Lange
Quinn Lucas Schansman Quinn Lucas Schansman
(CBS 8) - More information is being revealed Friday about the victims on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. One American has been confirmed dead and we now know that a prominent AIDS researcher, who spent time in San Diego, was also killed.

Dr. Joep Lange was on board Flight 17 with his longtime partner Jacqueline Von Tongeren, also an AIDS researcher. The chief of UC San Diego's division of infectious disease has known Dr. Lange for years and says he wasn't just a colleague, but also a friend.

"Well, I was just stunned and shocked.”

Like many people, UC San Diego professor Dr. Robert Schooley found Thursday's news regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 difficult to believe.

But that shock quickly turned into sadness - especially after learning his colleague and friend, Dr. Joep Lange was on board.

"It's a devastating loss to the world....in terms of his humanity. But also in terms of his approach to healthcare,” Dr. Schooley said.

The Dutch father of five was considered a giant in his field, responsible for several breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. He was also helping UC San Diego try to establish a medical school in Mozambique.

Through his work, he had visited San Diego several times and served on one of the school's boards.

Dr. Schooley says Dr. Lange rarely took a break and that the two had been emailing back and forth recently regarding a grant they were working on.

"I was teasing him last week about how he was failing as a European because he wasn't taking his seven weeks. He said unfortunately, I'm going to this meeting,” continued Dr. Schooley.

Dr. Lange was among more than 100 scientists and researchers heading to an international aids conference in Melbourne, Australia. Also on board was Quinn Lucas Schansman - the only confirmed American.

He was a dual citizen, who lived in both the Netherlands and the United States.

In addition, more information has been revealed about an Australian family now dealing with a double tragedy.

Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March.

On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed on Flight 17.

Following Thursday's tragedy, Dr. Schooley spoke to faculty at UC San Diego, challenging them to live the kind of life Dr. Lange did, which was to always look for the next challenge.

CBS News 8 was told that Dr. Lange was passionate about bringing western medicine to areas that lack resources.

Officials say among the 298 people killed in the crash, three were infants.
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