Society for Pediatric Pathology

In Memory of Our Departed SPP Members

Tucker Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Tucker Collins, S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, died on June 8, 2007, after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in January of 2007. A vascular pathologist and noted researcher, Tucker was Associate Master of Peabody Society at Harvard Medical School, and Pathologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital Boston. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Rochester (MD and PhD), and trained in pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Tucker was a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Research and an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, as well as a past president of the American Society for Investigative Pathology. He was a member of the faculty of the Graduate Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard, and mentored many graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows in his laboratory.

Tucker also taught pathology to first- and second-year Harvard Medical students since 1987, and was course director for the second-year pathology course since 1999. He was nominated for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999 and 2000.

Tucker joined the staff of Children's Hospital Boston as chairman in February 2001, and led Pathology through a period of unmatched growth in its clinical services. He was also deeply committed to improving the Pathology Department's Research Division, which he consolidated and further expanded.