Dr. Luis V. Colom
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