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Dr. Luis V. Colom

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Dr. Luis V. Colom, 61, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away Thursday, March 27 at his residence in Brownsville Texas surrounded by his loving family after a valiant fight against cancer.

 

A member of the faculty of The University of Texas at Brownsville since 2001, Dr. Colom was the Vice President for Research, Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the College of Nursing.

 

Dr. Colom is survived by his wife, Maria, and his two children, Cecilia and Sebastian; mother, Angela Scalone; brother Carlos Colom (Graciela) and a nephew Federico Colom.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Vicente Colom and his niece, Soledad Colom.

 

Dr. Colom was born on July 13, 1952 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received a medical degree in 1979 and a doctoral degree in biology in 1994 from the University of Uruguay. Prior to coming to UTB, he held academic and research positions at the University of Uruguay, the University of Calgary in Canada and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He was the driving force in expanding biomedical research at UT Brownsville, expanding the Department of Biological Sciences and directing the development of the Center for Biomedical Studies. During his time at UTB, he served as the Director for Biomedical Studies, and in 2010 was named the first Vice President for Research. He played a leadership role in this field both nationally and internationally.

 

During his leadership as Dean and Vice President, Dr. Colom organized symposiums on Alzheimer’s disease. He believed it was vital for the university’s role in the community while giving students and faculty an opportunity to showcase their research.

 

Dr. Colom received numerous professional honors, among them the Houston Endowment Chair in Science and Engineering in 2009. Another prestigious recognition was the Virginia and Ernest Cockrell Award from the Methodist Hospital Foundation in Houston in 1996.

 

Above and beyond his own achievements in biomedical research, Dr. Colom leaves his devoted past and present students with a legacy of dedication to the pursuit of new knowledge through high-quality research.

 

A service celebrating his life will be held on campus at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in El Gran Salón of the Student Union.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts in memory of Dr. Colom to be made to The University of Texas Brownsville, One West University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520. To donate follow the link to https://community.utb.edu/donate

 

 

Comments (8 posted):

Hugo Rodriguez on 31 March, 2014 11:26:05
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Querida Maria Eugenia,
Que te puedo decir que no sepas, mi afecto, el de Teresa, asi como de mis hijos para con Luis.
Luis fue y sera alguien que vivira siempre en nuestros corazones;
Luis bien sabes fue un hermano, fue esa mano amiga,esa sonrisa franca, siempre ahi, siempre sencillo, siempre amable, siempre positive y "entron", asi decimos los mexicanos. Hoy vive en nosotros...Decia Facundo Cabral.."la vida no te quita cosas: te libera de cosas… te alivia para que vueles más alto, para que alcances la plenitud. De la cuna a la tumba es una escuela; por eso, lo que llamas problemas, son lecciones. No perdiste a nadie: El que murió, simplemente se nos adelantó, porque para allá vamos todos. Además, lo mejor de él, el amor, sigue en tu corazón.

No hay muerte… hay mudanza. Y del otro lado te espera gente maravillosa: Gandhi, Miguel Ángel, Whitman, San Agustín, la Madre Teresa"

Sabes que cuentas con nosotros

Un beso y un abrazo

Hugo,Teresa, Hugo Esteban y Jose Mario
Hugo Rodriguez on 31 March, 2014 11:28:29
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Querida Maria Eugenia,Ceci y Sebastian.

Que te puedo decir que no sepas, mi afecto, el de Teresa, asi como de mis hijos para con Luis.
Luis fue y sera alguien que vivira siempre en nuestros corazones;
Luis bien sabes fue un hermano, fue esa mano amiga,esa sonrisa franca, siempre ahi, siempre sencillo, siempre amable, siempre positive y "entron", asi decimos los mexicanos. Hoy vive en nosotros...Decia Facundo Cabral.."la vida no te quita cosas: te libera de cosas… te alivia para que vueles más alto, para que alcances la plenitud. De la cuna a la tumba es una escuela; por eso, lo que llamas problemas, son lecciones. No perdiste a nadie: El que murió, simplemente se nos adelantó, porque para allá vamos todos. Además, lo mejor de él, el amor, sigue en tu corazón.

No hay muerte… hay mudanza. Y del otro lado te espera gente maravillosa: Gandhi, Miguel Ángel, Whitman, San Agustín, la Madre Teresa"

Sabes que cuentas con nosotros

Hugo,Teresa, Hugo Esteban y Jose Mario
Julie Villalon on 31 March, 2014 11:52:55
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Dr Colom we will miss you dearly... You touched and inspired so many lives. Your vision and leadership was unique and one a kind...
Julie Villalon on 31 March, 2014 11:56:20
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Dr Colom you will be greatly missed. You touched and inspired so many lives.
Alicia Filippini de Carreño on 31 March, 2014 06:25:22
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Desde Montevideo, un gran abrazo a la familia de Luis, a su esposa María y a sus hijos, acompañándolos en este momento de tanto dolor por esta gran pérdida. Hace dos años cuando vinieron a Uruguay fue una alegría enorme encontrarnos todo el grupo del Liceo Nº 12 con él en La Pasiva de Rivera y Luis Alberto de Herrera y no podemos creer que la posibilidad de volvernos a ver ya no sea posible, nos queda el recuerdo de un ser maravilloso y la alegría de haber compartido tantos recuerdos. Muchísimos cariños de todos los compañeros,
Alicia Filippini de Carreño
2622 7955
099 81 56 25
Luis Lamas Nº 3173 apto.502 Montevideo
Rebeca Nino on 02 April, 2014 02:38:51
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Very dedicated to his work; always a smile and joy reflected in his face...will be dearly missed here in the UTB family.
Teresa Castaneda on 03 April, 2014 04:36:26
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“If I could define Dr. Colom, I would do it in two words: love and work.
He had love for his family, his friends, and the people around him, regardless of their socioeconomic status. There was never a single moment in the day that he did not worry about externalities and he just focused on his love and care for others, whether it was through academic support or just a simple friendly phone call.
His work speaks for itself. Even throughout the last moments of his treatment, he dedicated heart and soul into his work, his research, and the university. I remember that he would always greet and receive students warmly, he motivated them to persevere and pursue their dreams with optimism. Even on the occasion when the student did not have the drive or the abilities to succeed, he would still believe in them and say, “Everyone deserves a chance.”
I was able to see that, and observe how giving these students just a little bit of a chance and a gentle push, they could triumph, not just academically, but also in their personal lives. I saw so many of the students that he mentored really embrace that confidence that he had in them and use it to push themselves forward. Dr. Colom had that ability to find positive qualities in people that we often ignore.

His sense of humor was a hallmark of his personality. No matter how stressed he was or how overwhelmed he felt with his work sometimes, and even independently o how he felt, physically. he gave himself time to joke around, to smile, to come up with a practical joke or harmless prank that would break others’ gloom or relax tensions that had built up.

His work continues. People like him don’t leave, they stay with the people who were touched by his generosity and kindness. His legacy will be with us for the rest of our lives.”

Te extrañaremos y seguiremos tu ejemplo de lucha, y alegria que nos inculcaste.Fuiste un gran jefe, un gran mentor, pero sobre todo y gran amigo.
Deli Lanoux on 10 May, 2014 08:55:18
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Dearest Maria, I've thought of you a lot since meeting you as we worked on our post-graduate studies at UTB. I especially remember your invitation for dinner! Your husband's words of wisdom that evening stayed with me not only because of his humanistic approach, but also because of his humor and heartfelt expression. I thank God for meeting you and your wonderful husband! Truly, y'all are a blessing, Maria!

May 10, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

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