August 1, 2007

In Memoriam: Ward Bullock, Jr., MD
by Peter D. Walzer, MD, MSc, and George Deepe, MD

ward bullock 350It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Ward E. Bullock, Jr., MD, emeritus professor of medicine and former director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Dr. Bullock passed away on April 17 at the age of 75.  

Ward received his MD degree from Temple University. He performed his internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota and completed his training in infectious diseases and immunology at Yale University. He first came to prominence in the 1960s for his studies of leprosy performed at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in Taiwan. A groundbreaking article in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the impairments of cellular immunity associated with leprosy.  This paper and others reawakened international interest in leprosy research.

Ward continued his productive leprosy work at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as associate chair for research in internal medicine and senior associate dean, and also turned his attention to Histoplasma capsulatum. Using his experience with leprosy, he pioneered the study of the host response to this fungus in both animal models and humans. Ward’s steady output of insightful publications on the immunopathogenesis of histoplasmosis had a major national impact on stimulating interest in medical mycology. 

Ward’s academic accomplishments were recognized in many ways: consistent NIH funding, membership in prestigious societies, and service on advisory panels and editorial boards.  The characteristics we appreciated most were his vision, leadership, concern for the common good, and tireless support of the efforts of his faculty and fellows to achieve excellence in their activities. 

Ward Bullock touched the lives of many people.  He will be sorely missed.  Ward is survived by his wife, a son and daughter, a brother, a sister, three step-daughters, and seven grandchildren.

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