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OBITUARY

Dr. Julián Gómez Cambronero

September 29, 1959November 12, 2018

Dr. Julián Gómez-Cambronero, age 59, passed away on November 12th, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio (United States), where he lived and worked as a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wright State University.

Born in Manzanares, Ciudad Real, Spain, Julián was always fascinated with science and the physical universe, leading him to complete his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Immunology at the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) in 1986. With the hope of becoming a scientist, he immigrated with his wife Teresa and young son, David, to the United States after having been granted the rare “Einstein Visa”.

After working first as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Dr. Cambronero became a part of the faculty at the University of Connecticut as a Research Assistant Professor. In 1995, he accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship position in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Wright State University, and was later promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and to full Professor in 2004. During Julian’s time at Wright State University, he was also the Director of the Hematology course. Julián Gómez-Cambronero carried out outstanding scientific work in the fight against cancer, such as discovering a key protein that plays a critical role in the development of breast cancer tumors and the spread of the disease to the nearby lungs.

Due to the magnitude and importance of his research, Dr. Cambronero was named Honorary Professor at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, in 2012 and was awarded the title of Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research in 2013 at Wright State University. Most recently, he was granted a prestigious visiting scholar position at Harvard Medical University in 2015 alongside a multi-million dollar grant from the Nation Institute of Health, surely the culmination of his scientific endeavors and dreams.

Despite the distance to his native land of Spain, Dr. Cambronero has always maintained a close relationship with Spain, where he returned often, urging the importance of family ties and cultural roots. His many scientific and intellectual passions inevitably made him a hometown hero in Manzanares, where he received the Professional Achievement “Sembrador” Award from The City of Manzanares in 2004, was named as the city's “Hijo Predilecto” (Favorite Son) in a grand ceremony in 2014, and was anointed as the Keynote Speaker in the Patron Saint festivities in 2016.

The mayor of Manzanares announced that Dr. Cambronero’s passing was “an irreparable loss for the entire world” and will soon be recognizing the figure of Julián Gómez-Cambronero, “who must always be present in our town.

Dr. Cambronero’s legacy will continue to make science available to the general public with his “Walk through the Solar System” - a scale model of the Solar System - where representations of the Sun and the planets have been positioned along a path throughout a public park in Manzanares, inspired by his time spent helping his daughter, Julia, with her science homework. Dr. Cambronero leaves behind the unfinished project of a Science Museum for children, based on his belief that early childhood education is fundamental in creating the researchers of tomorrow.

Julián is survived by his loving and always supportive wife Teresa Madrid, and his two children, Julia and David (Melissa), who illuminated his life and he cared for deeply.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Julián’s life during a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church (Dayton, Ohio) on November 30th, 2018, at 10:30am.

Please follow these links to catch a glimpse of Julián’s incredible life and accomplishments:

Newsroom Interview on his Cancer research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DDUxCes50

Brage Golding Distinguished Professor Award Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzTrxrB0-q4

Inauguration of the Solar System Walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3J2IWEMKlU

Hijo Predilecto montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLFjAoW7sjQ

Scientific Life and CV: https://people.wright.edu/julian.cambronero

Discovery of Co-localization of Phospholipase D2 (PLD2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xyIBA15Ik

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, November 30, 2018
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Dr. Julián Gómez Cambronero

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Edward Dennis

December 28, 2018

Julián Gómez-Cambronero was a wonderful, outgoing, and very friendly person who always extended his warmth and generosity of spirit with everyone he encountered. I got to know Julian at various scientific meetings and always was impressed with his interest and engagement with everyone he met. He loved his science and the people he encountered. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Gustavo Fernandez-Wolff

November 29, 2018

What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know Julian.
He gave me a hand when I needed the most.
I have applied to be a research assistant in his laboratory at UConn back in 1993, shortly after arriving from Argentina, my English was very poor at that time and I have almost no laboratory experience, finding a job it was very difficult for me. However he believed in me and offered me the position, I would always be so grateful for that.
He become my mentor and a friend.
It is hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.
I will miss him dearly.

Jen Holland

November 28, 2018

I consider myself very lucky to have known Julian and been a recipient of his spirited, positive energy. I will certainly make sure all the proper measures are taken to inform the membership and honor Julian on behalf of SLB. My sincerest of condolences to everyone touched by this loss.

Luis Montaner

November 28, 2018

I want to add my condolences to Lee-Ann's note as Julian was a joy to have as a colleague. He was a strong advocate for SLB/JLB, a great voice mentoring our junior investigators, and a friend. Many at SLB will miss him dearly.

Lee-Ann Allen

November 28, 2018

I am so very sad to learn that Julian has passed away. He was a valued friend and colleague and I will miss him and his warm heart very much. We will be sure to get this sad news to others. My condolences to you and to all of Julian’s former trainees, colleagues, friends and family.

William Nauseef

November 28, 2018

Julian and I have been friends for many years, having met when he was a postdoctoral scholar in the labs of Drs. Elmer Becker and Ramadan Sha'afi at University of Connecticut. An ebullient figure, Julian illuminated a room by his arrival. He was a positive force who remained joyful even when battling unqualified and unimaginative reviewers or fighting the other challenges that punctuate the life of all scientists and scholars. What impressed me most during a visit to his laboratory was the mutual affection between him and his team -- graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and research assistants alike. All the rigor and industry in the lab was colored by the lightness and kindness of Julian's demeanor. Julian's enthusiasm and warmth were contagious and enriched all members of the Society for Leukocyte Biology were interacted with him. It's my good fortune to have had Julian as a friend. I take comfort in knowing that his goodness and generous spirit have inspired others to follow suit and in that way many of us are better humans because of Julian.

Julie Saba

November 28, 2018

Julian was one of the nicest colleagues I have ever known. From the moment I met him at the first lipid meeting we attended together, I was struck by the earnest and genuine way he had of communicating. We later took the shuttle to the airport together, and he shared wonderful stories about his family with me. Every time thereafter, seeing him was like greeting an old friend. He shared his passion for science with students and colleagues, enlivening discussions and asking probing questions. It is shocking to lose him so suddenly. I wish his family strength and fortitude in the days, months and years to come.

George Carman

November 27, 2018

I first met Julian at a FASEB conference on lipid signaling and was struck by his friendliness and dedication to his students. Later, Julian asked me to be his co-chair for the FASEB Conference “Phospholipid Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Inflammation and Cancer” which was held in Niagara Falls, NY in 2014. We also worked together on a JBC Thematic Minireview Series on Phospholipase D and Cancer. Collaborating with Julian was a rewarding experience, indeed. I was fortunate to visit him at Wright State University a couple of years ago and met his lovely wife and daughter when I stayed at his home as a guest. I have the highest respect for Julian as person, and of course a scientist. I will miss him dearly. George M. Carman, Rutgers University.

George Carman

November 27, 2018

I first met Julian at a FASEB conference on lipid signaling and was struck by his friendliness and dedication to his students. Later, Julian asked me to be his co-chair for the FASEB Conference “Phospholipid Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Inflammation and Cancer” which was held in Niagara Falls, NY in 2014. We also worked together on a JBC Thematic Minireview Series on Phospholipase D and Cancer. Collaborating with Julian was a rewarding experience, indeed. I was fortunate to visit him at Wright State University a couple of years ago and met his lovely wife and daughter when I stayed at his home as a guest. I have the highest respect for Julian as person, and of course a scientist. I will miss him dearly. George M. Carman, Rutgers University.

Ana clara Carrera

November 24, 2018

I knew Julian (and his already girlfriend Teresa) in the university, the thing I like the most from Julian (apart from being so strongly scientifically driven) was his great humour sense..even in difficult moments. I am sad for this loss and I want to send a strong hug to his family, friends and colleagues. ...that should remmenber him making jokes.

FROM THE FAMILY