We Fondly Remember Dr. Luis V. Colom
Although the UTB campus
community lost a dear friend
and colleague when Dr. Luis V.
Colom passed away after a valiant
fight against cancer in late March,
he will be forever remembered in
many ways, among them having his
name on a campus building.
In May, The UT System Board of
Regents approved renaming the
Biomedical Sciences and Health
Professions Building II in Colom’s
honor. The Luis V. Colom
Biomedical Research Facility
will stand as a fitting tribute to
this dedicated scientist who was
the former Vice President of the
Division of Research and the Dean of the College
of Nursing and Dean of the College of Biomedical
Sciences and Health Professions.
Opened in September 2013, the $4.9 million
building with six laboratories was funded by the
National Institutes of Health through a grant written
“He was an enthusiastic and charismatic leader who
inspired hundreds of students to become scientists
and physicians. This facility is a wonderful tribute
that will carry his name forever.” said UT System
Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Colom’s name will also live on through the Dr. Luis V.
Colom Memorial Scholarship that has been started by
colleagues, friends and former students.
“You were always welcome in Dr. Colom’s office,” said
Dr. Cristina Bañuelos (University of Florida College
of Medicine, 2014), who had worked in Colom’s lab
during her graduate studies and received her M.S.
from UTB in 2006. “I dedicated my dissertation to
Dr. Colom. He believed in our potential, and because
he believed it, we believed it.”