The West Virginia University community joined the School of Medicine in mourning the loss of a faculty pioneer, Dr. Bill Fleming. Fleming, and his wife Dolores, died Wednesday, April 29 at their home in Tionesta, Pa. According to a news report, they were the victims of a carbon monoxide accident.
Fleming joined the WVU Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine in 1960, where he was an assistant professor and co-director of a new National Institutes of Health Graduate Training Grant. In 1966 Fleming was appointed professor and chair of the department, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. From 1986 he also held the endowed Mylan Chair of Pharmacology.
“His work made this University internationally known for excellence in pharmacology, and many of his former students have become leaders in academia and industry,” said Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Clay Marsh, M.D.
In 2001, WVU awarded Fleming the Vandalia Award for outstanding service to the state.
Dolores Fleming also played an important role on the University campus and was the primary author of “Generation of Growth,” a School of Medicine history published in 1990.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Tionesta Public Library, P.O. Box 127, Tionesta, PA 16353.