Colin M. Bloor
Colin M. Bloor, M.D., Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Pathology at
UC San Diego School of Medicine, died at San Diego Hospice on September
9 from complications due to a stroke suffered nearly two months ago. He
was 77 years old.
Dr. Bloor was an internationally renowned cardiovascular pathologist who
was one of the first faculty members recruited to the UC San Diego
Department of Pathology when it was founded in 1968. Author of more
than 460 scientific publications and several books, he was best known
for his work on the ability of the human heart to develop collateral
circulation following obstruction to blood flow and the effects of
exercise on heart function, and for his research on the molecular basis
of heart failure. His research was continuously funded by the National
Institutes of Health, including a MERIT award.
“Colin was a superb scientist and teacher and was incredibly effective
in helping to build our medical school,” said David A. Brenner, Vice
Chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the UCSD School of Medicine.
Dr. Bloor received his M.D. degree and completed a pathology residency
at Yale Medical School. He was a research fellow at the Nuffield
Institute for Medical Research at Oxford. After an additional research
fellowship at Yale, he spent four years at the Walter Reed Army
Institute before coming to UC San Diego in 1968. He remained on the
faculty of UC San Diego until his retirement in 2002.
He was a fellow of the National Science Foundation and the American
College of Cardiology and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the
journal Cardiovascular Pathology. He served on NIH study sections and
was visiting professor at prestigious institutions throughout the world.
He was a member of the International Academy of Pathology, the American
Heart Association, American Society of Investigative Pathology, the
International Society for Heart Research, and the American College of
Forensic Medicine among others.
He was also very involved in University of California activities,
including service as chair of the campus Committee on Academic
Personnel, chair of the Privilege and Tenure Committee, Director of the
Molecular Pathology Graduate Program, and Acting Chair of the Department
of Pathology. Since his retirement in 2002, he has played a leadership role in
the campus Emeriti Association and most recently in the all-UCcampus Council of
Emeriti Associations (CUCEA). He had just been appointed to chair the Council
(CUCEA) for the 2010-2011 year.
"Colin Bloor was truly a giant in the field of cardiovascular pathology
research, a talented administrator, and an outstanding teacher. He will
be sorely missed, but we take comfort in the fact that his legacy will
endure through the lives and careers of his many trainees," said David
N. Bailey, former chairman of the UC San Diego Department of Pathology.
Palmer W. Taylor, Dean of the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy &
Pharmaceutical Sciences recalls that "Colin's work was a critical part
of the internationally recognized research programs in the
cardiovascular sciences at UC San Diego during its formative years. As a
junior faculty member joining the Department of Medicine, I remember
well his commitment to these endeavors and his abiding interest in
developing the human disease course in the medical curriculum"
"Colin's research provided the basis for current work on signaling in
angiogenesis and was of such importance that he became one of the early
recipients of an automatic funding extension from NIH." said Lawrence
Brunton, UC San Diego Professor of Pharmacology.
Dr. Bloor is survived by his wife, Maxine, of La Jolla; children Colin
Bloor (Kris), Nadine Wilson (Ollie), and Lindsey Bloor; and grandson,