Emeritus Professor Colin R M Prentice, BA, MD, DTM&H, FRCP

We are very sorry to let members know of the death, on 1 February 2014, of Emeritus Professor Colin Prentice, former Professor of Medicine and Head of the University Department of Medicine at LGI.

Professor Prentice read Medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he was President of the Medical Society. He graduated in 1959.  Following his house appointments and a period of national service spent at a hospital in Laos, he spent much of the next twenty years in a series of posts in the University Department of Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he was made Reader in Medicine in 1979.  During his years in Glasgow, Professor Prentice built up an international reputation for his work on blood coagulation.  

In 1983, Professor Prentice was appointed to his post in Leeds.  In addition to his extensive clinical responsibilities for patient care as an Honorary Consultant, he continued to be prominently involved in research. In all, he was the joint author of some 300 papers on diseases involving abnormal bleeding, or blood clotting, leading to thrombosis.  His research led to his being invited to sit on numerous national and international scientific committees and to assume offices including the editorship of the journal Thrombosis Research.

Professor Prentice retired in 2000, when the title of Emeritus Professor was conferred upon him.

Following a private cremation, a Memorial Service for Professor Prentice took place yesterday (12 February) at St Peter’s Church, Thorner.  In Professor Prentice’s memory, the flag is being flown at half-mast on the Parkinson Building.

A full obituary is being prepared.

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