Obituary: Luis Glaser, former head of biological chemistry department, 88

Luis Glaser

Luis Glaser, a beloved mentor and former head of the then-Department of Biological Chemistry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Dec. 23, 2020, in Miami after a long illness. He was 88.

Also a director of the university’s Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Glaser spent the latter years of his career, from 1986 to 2005, as executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami.

At Washington University, where he earned his PhD in biochemistry, Glaser studied in the laboratory of Nobel laureates Carl and Gerty Cori. He joined the faculty as an instructor in 1956 and rose to head of the biological chemistry department, precursor to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; he held that position from 1975 to 1986. He also became director of the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences in 1980. He retired from Washington University in 1986 but remained affiliated with the School of Medicine as an adjunct professor through 1989.

Private funeral services were held in December. Memorial contributions may be made in Glaser’s memory to the charitable organization of one’s choice.

Read the full obituary on the School of Medicine site.

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