In memoriam: Henry Claman

By Staff

From the Dean’s Weekly Message, CU School of Medicine:

Henry Claman, M.D., Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado, died Sept. 3, 2016, leaving a legacy of scientific and humanistic accomplishment that will inspire and endure on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Claman moved to Denver in 1961 to join the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. In 1966, he and his colleagues published a paper that included the seminal observation that cellular cooperation between lymphocytes from the bone marrow and those from the thymus was essential for antibody production, the beginning of our understanding of T and B cell collaboration in immunology. In 2004, the article was the first one cited as a “Pillar of Immunology” by the Journal of Immunology.

In his later years, Claman founded our Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, integrating the arts, literature and reflective writing into the medical education curriculum and he was the founding editor of The Human Touch, an annual anthology of poetry, prose and photography.

Our condolences to his wife, Janet S. Claman, M.D.; son David; and Henry’s many friends and colleagues. Interment services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and his family asks that contributions in his honor be made to The Denver Hospice, Friends of Chamber Music, or Temple Emanuel.