Robert Loftfield, PhD, 2013 "Living Legends" tribute
Robert Loftfield, PhD, was a nationally known biochemist and founding faculty member of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine died Sept. 4, 2014. He was honored in 2013 as a UNM School of Medicine "Living Legend."
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Robert Loftfield, PhD, a nationally known biochemist who was part of the original faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, died Sept. 4 in Albuquerque at the age of 94.

Loftfield was a UNM medical school professor from 1964-1989, serving as chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1964-1971 and again from 1978-1989.

"The growth and success of the UNM School of Medicine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, would not have been possible without pioneering and tremendously innovative faculty members like Dr. Loftfield,” said Paul Roth, MD, UNM chancellor for health sciences and dean of the school of medicine.

Loftfield “brought to New Mexico a remarkable passion for research and teaching,” Roth added. “While he continued the scholarly investigation that led to many important scientific discoveries, Dr. Loftfield was instrumental in developing the curriculum for training physicians that is still used today, both here at UNM and worldwide. He will be sorely missed."

Last year, the UNM School of Medicine honored Loftfield as a “Living Legend,” and presented this video tribute.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Sept. 27 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd NE in Albuqueruqe, beginning at 1:30 p.m.