In Memoriam


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,

Nolan Bloor.