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William Warner Brockman


Professor William Brockman received his B.S. degree with distinction from Cornell University, Ithaca, in 1964, and his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College, New York, in 1968.

In 1970, following an Internship and Residency at the Baltimore City Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor Brockman began his postdoctoral research training on RNA tumor viruses in the laboratory of Dr. William A. Carter at Johns Hopkins University. In 1972, he broadened the scope of his training to include the DNA viruses by joining the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Nathans at the same institution. This training was followed by two additional years of research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Martin at the National Institute of Health.

Professor Brockman joined our faculty as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in 1976, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980. Professor Brockman's research interests centered upon the viral genes that are required for malignant transformation of mammalian cells. Professor Brockman's work appeared in the major virology journals, he was the author of several influential review articles, and he was a regular contributor to international workshops and symposia on the molecular biology of animal viruses. His leadership role in this important area of contemporary biomedical research led to his service as a site visitor for the Special Program Advisory Committee of the National Cancer Institute, and as a member of the Experimental Virology Study Section for the National Cancer Institute. Professor Brockman's work had been supported continuously for the past eight years by the National Cancer Institute and he had just received funding for another three years at the time of his death.

Professor Brockman's course on the "Molecular Biology of Animal Viruses" was a major strength in the curriculum of the Microbiology and Immunology program. He also played a key role in the training of graduate students for the interdepartmental program in Cellular and Molecular Biology. His deep commitment to his science and his students was an inspiration to faculty and students alike.

Professor Brockman began spending his summers on farms in 1954 and throughout his years at Michigan farmed his land near Dexter. He also was a certified soil scientist and an active participant in community affairs.

Faculty, students, and friends will long remember Professor Brockman for his dedication to science, teaching, farming, and the community.


Brockman Memorial Lectures

1984 Memorial Symposium

Daniel Nathans, Johns Hopkins University
Thomas J. Kelly Jr., Johns Hopkins University
William R. Folk, University of Texas, Austin
Robert G. Martin, Johns Hopkins University
Mary Woodworth, Roswell Park Memorial Institute

Kenneth I. Berns
Cornell University Medical College
Robert E. Pollack
Columbia University
Arnold J. Levine
Princeton University
David M. Livingston
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Carol L. Prives
Columbia University
Joan S. Brugge
University of Pennsylvania
James L. Manley
Columbia University
James M. Pipas
University of Pittsburgh

1994 Memorial Symposium

Thomas J. Kelly, Jr., Johns Hopkins University
William R. Folk, University of Missouri, Columbia
Arnold J. Berk, University of California, Los Angeles
Ed Harlow, Massachusetts General Hospital

Elliot Kieff
Harvard University
Thomas E. Shenk
Princeton University
Bill Sugden
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Peter Howley
Harvard University
Patricia Spear
Northwestern University
Peter S. Kim
Thomas J. Kelly Jr.
Johns Hopkins University
Janet S. Butel
Baylor College of Medicine
Inder Verma
Salk Institute
Stephen Goff
Columbia University
Charles Rice
Rockefeller University
Thomas L. Benjamin
Harvard University
Karla Kirkegaard
Stanford University

25th Year Brockman Symposium

Dr. Hung Fan, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Paul Lambert, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Stan Lemon, University of Texas Medical Branch
Dr. Jim Pipas, University of Pittsburgh

Peter Palese, Ph.D
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Lynn W. Enquist, Ph.D
Princeton University
Paul Ahlquist, Ph.D
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Stuart Nichol, Ph.D
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Atlanta, Georgia