In memoriam: Richard Traystman

By Staff

Richard Traystman
Richard Traystman

UPDATED OCT. 30, 2017: The campus memorial for Richard Traystman, PhD, vice chancellor for research and Distinguished Professor of the University, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Room 1102 of Education 2 South. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has established the Richard Traystman, PhD, Memorial Fund​ to honor his memory. The family also suggests donations to the American Heart | Stroke Association.

Richard Traystman, Ph.D., vice chancellor for research for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus and Distinguished Professor of the University, died Oct. 19, 2017.

From School of Medicine Dean John Reilly:

“Dick was a generous colleague, accomplished scientist, prolific author, and thoughtful administrator. He made significant findings in our understanding of cerebral blood flow and metabolism through decades of continually NIH-funded research and in more than 475 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. A recent grant – $2.5 million over four years from American Heart/Stroke Association and the Bugher Foundation – offers an example of Dick’s collaborative approach to research and his goal of improving the quality of patients’ lives. That grant aims to understand pediatric stroke and brings together investigators from seven departments or specialties on our campus: anesthesiology, biostatistics, cell and developmental biology, neurology, pediatrics, pharmacology, and radiology. Dick earned BS and MS degrees from Long Island University and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, where he worked for more than 30 years until he was recruited in 2003 by the Oregon Health & Science University. CU recruited him in 2007. Dick’s kindness, wit, candor, and thoughtfulness will be missed. We offer condolences to Dick’s wife, Suzann Lupton, his family, and his legion of friends, mentees, and colleagues. A funeral service, by invitation for family and close friends, will be held on Nov. 1. Members of the campus community will be invited to pay respects at a memorial service to be scheduled later in the month. We will share details when they are available.”