Charles W. Bishop

Charles W. Bishop

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June 30, 1920 – Jan. 11, 2014

Dr. Charles W. Bishop, an emeritus professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, died Jan. 11 in his Amherst home after living with prostate cancer for more than a decade. He was 93.

Dr. Bishop was born in Elmira and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Rochester, where he was a research associate on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Dr. Bishop joined the UB School of Medicine in 1947 as an instructor in biochemistry and medicine.

In 1955, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health fellowship to study at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. On his return, he expanded his earlier research into the cause of gout to the metabolism of red blood cells and blood preservation. He also was head of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Dr. Bishop founded the Blood Information Service and published more than 65 research papers, along with co-editing the book, “The Red Blood Cell.”

Syracuse University presented him with the Dean of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004 and the SU Club of WNY named him a Distinguished Alumni in 2006.

Dr. Bishop was interested early on in medical informatics and computer use in diagnosis, and he created the system “Framemed, a Framework for Medical Knowledge.” He recently was promoting the use of electronic personal health records that people could carry with them at all times.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physiological Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Bishop’s wife of 64 years, the former Beverly Petterson, died in 2008.

Survivors include a son, Geoffrey; and a grandson.