publication date: Mar. 6, 2020

Clara Bloomfield, blood cancer expert and destroyer of glass ceilings, dies at 77

By Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D.

In 1989, I joined Cancer and Leukemia Group B and was introduced into the clinical trials world and a mighty force for good, Dr. Clara D. Bloomfield.

Clara, as we all called her, was a dynamo, full of energy, ideas—and a giant in her field. She said what she felt and never shied away from standing up for the data facts and what was right and fair to all.

Many thought she was scary, others hilarious, but everyone is reeling from the realization that this awesome, fearless, ferocious force of nature is suddenly gone, and we are left to keep up what she started and her continue her legacy, including excelling in science, searching undaunted for cures, and promoting women in leadership.

Dr. Clara D. Bloomfield, a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University, former director of OSUCCC, and a researcher whose work helped transform adult acute myeloid leukemia into an often-cured disease, died March 1 at age 77, following a recent fall at her home.

Clara grew up in Urbana-Champagne, IL. At an early age, she was intrigued by Florence Nightingale’s story, and her mother encouraged her to aim higher than a nurse and become a doctor, even though at that time women were not encouraged to look past traditional roles.

Speaking to Oncology News International, Clara recalled: “My mother was a feminist in her own right. I mean it was 1946, a woman’s priority was still raising kids, but my mother was also one of the first women to go to the University of Illinois law … Continue reading Clara Bloomfield, blood cancer expert and destroyer of glass ceilings, dies at 77

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