Robert McCluskey

Robert Timmons McCluskey


Born: 16 January 1923, New Haven, Connecticut

Died: 29 June 2006, Brookline, Massachusetts

Academic Degrees

  • AB: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 1944
  • MD: New York University School of Medicine 1947

Academic Positions

  • 1955 - 1968 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor then Professor of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine
  • 1968 - 1971 Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 - 1975 S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Pathologist-in-Chief at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston
  • 1974 - 1991 Chief, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 - 1982 Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1982 - 1991 Benjamin Castleman Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts


  • Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York
  • Bellevue Hospital, New York City

Military Service

  • 1943 - 1945 AS V 12 United States Navel Reserve
  • 1953 - 1955 1st Lt. Captain, MC USAC Active Duty

Selected Career Highlights

  • Pioneer in the field of renal pathology, especially immunopathology and the study of mechanisms of inflammation and the use of immunofluorescence as an investigative tool in delineating the nature of glomerular diseases.

  • Over 200 published articles and reviews and 8 edited books on topics of immunopathology.

  • A prime mover in the description of many glomerular diseases including acute post-streptococcal GN, mixed cryoglobulinemia, crescentic GN, and a prime mover in the establishment of the WHO Lupus glomerulonephritis classification scheme, used to this day. In his later years he identified the molecule "Megalin", an antigen involved in Heymann's nephritis. A major contributor to the genetic identification of proteinase 3, the target of devastating vascular inflammatory diseases such as Wegener's granulomatosis.

  • Presented 39 clinicopathologic case discussions in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Member of the Harvey Society and Council of the American Society of Nephrology.

  • Recipient of the Renal Pathology Society's Lifetime Achievement Award (and one of the Founders of the Renal Pathology Society).

  • Rather than retiring, he remained working in research and successfully held several RO1 grants into his 70's.

  • Founding Editor of the journal Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology.

  • Several Fellowships were named after him at both Massachusetts General/Harvard and at Yale Medical School.

  • An avid reader of Shakespeare and was always ready with a pithy Elizabethan quote. His impeccable German was heard from time to time in a stirring rendition of Die Lorelei.

  • It is said that during his days in New York (University) (with such notables as Lewis Thomas, Baruj Benacerraf and others) his parties were the "talk of the town" (ask Dr. Silva about more details!).


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