Professor Sharon Cosloy

With great sadness, the Biology Department announces the death of Professor Sharon Cosloy Blank on September 2, of breast cancer.

Sharon was a nationally known researcher in Prokaryotic Genetics. She came to City College in 1971 after finishing her Ph.D. at NYU and spent the rest of her career here at CCNY. She held numerous grants from NIH and NSF and published classic papers on mechanisms of recombination in bacteria and on the synthesis of the heme molecule. Sharon was a consultant for NIH and NSF for the last 20 years.

In addition to her research scholarship, Sharon was also known as a teacher and an administrator. For many years, she spear-headed the undergraduate biology curriculum in Cell and Molecular Biology (Bio209). She was always concerned about students and always had time to listen to them in spite of her heavy research responsibilities.

Sharon served as Department Chair for 6 years during a critical time in the department. Many of the senior faculty retired simultaneously and then the retrenchment crisis overtook the College. In spite of these difficulties, Sharon was able to rebuild the Department and take it in a new direction, toward Cell and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. Our survival through this time of crisis was due to her leadership.

Sharon was courageous. She battled an aggressive form of breast cancer for the last 12 years. She never spoke of her illness or her treatment on campus, including the entire time she was Chair. She never lost her cheerfulness or her consideration for others during this ordeal.

We will miss her.

Her husband and children are setting up a scholarship fund under the auspices of the City College Fund. Information is available from the
Biology Department.

The Department is holding a Memorial Service for Dr. Cosloy on November 20, 2001 at 12:15 in Shepard Hall room 250.

Department of Biology
The City College of CUNY
Marshak Science Building J526
Convent Avenue at 138th Street
New York, NY 10031
Phone: 212.650.6800
Fax: 212.650.8585


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