publication date: Dec. 7, 2018
Charles A. Coltman Jr., long-time SWOG chair and co-founder of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, dies at 88
By Paul Goldberg
Charles A. Coltman Jr., a pioneer of treatment of leukemia and lymphoma, a long-time chair of SWOG, and a co-founder of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, died after a long illness on Nov. 28. He was 88.
“Dr. Coltman’ s profound influence on the cancer research community cannot be overstated,” said Charles Blanke, SWOG chair. “He was a true pioneer, seeing possibilities early – then making them happen with the heart and hard work and military bearing and precision of the Air Force officer he was.”
Coltman was born on Nov. 1, 1930. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1956, then entered the U.S. Air Force. He later completed his medical training in internal medicine and hematology/oncology at The Ohio State University, then became chief of Hematology and Oncology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio.
His early work led to improvements in treatment regimens for multiple forms of leukemia and lymphoma.
Coltman retired from the Air Force in 1977 and began a long career at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, beginning as medical director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in 1977.
In 1978, Coltman and William G. McGuire, launched a San Antonio-based symposium on breast cancer research. They envisioned a meeting where bench scientists and clinicians would exchange information.
Today, SABCS is the largest annual breast cancer meeting in the world.
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