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Memoir

David F. Bohr
Regents' Proceedings 314

David Francis Bohr, Professor of Physiology, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 1985, after a most productive career in medical research and teaching.

Professor Bohr was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 22, 1915. He took undergraduate and medical studies at The University of Michigan and received his M.D. degree in 1942. From 1943 to 1946, Professor Bohr served in the U.S. Army as a laboratory officer and detachment commander on a Dutch hospital ship. Following active duty, he became the commanding officer of a research and development subgroup in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps and remained in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1953.

In 1946, Professor Bohr was appointed as a research fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1948, he moved to Ann Arbor to become an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at The University of Michigan and was promoted to associate professor in 1949 and to professor in 1957. He spent two years as a visiting professor at other institutions; from 1955-56 in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco; from 1961-62 in the Physiologische Institut at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Professor Bohr received the Ciba Award from the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association in 1984. In 1977, he was awarded the Wiggers Lectureship by the Circulation Group of the American Physiological Society for his contributions to cardiovascular physiology. In 1973, Professor Bohr received the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and, in 1983, he received the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship in Biological Research.

Professor Bohr has been a very active member of the American Physiological Society and, in 1978 he was elected president of this society. He also served as the chairman of the Committee on Medical Student Research for seventeen years. He spent four years (1968-72) on the Space Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences and five years (1981-86) on a Study Section of the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. He has served on the editorial boards of five medical journals and has been an associate editor for heart and circulatory physiology of the American Journal of Physiology since 1983.

The Regents now salute David Francis Bohr, renowned scholar and scientist, for his contributions and service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Physiology.