1986-87 › Robert Hazelwood
9th Farfel Recipient
Department of Biology
Professor of Biology, Faculty Emeritus
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Robert Hazelwood was born in Oakland,
California, and received his doctorate in comparative physiology
from the University of California at Davis in 1958. He worked at
both Boston Universitys School of Medicine and the University
of California at San Franciscos School of Medicine before
arriving at the University of Houston in 1963.
Dr. Hazelwoods research focused
on certain aspects of diabetes. His research team at the University
of Houston worked for a time in collaboration with the Kansas University
Medical School, a joint effort that resulted in the discovery of
a hitherto unknown hormone produced in the pancreas. Although Dr.
Hazelwood is now retired, his influence is readily apparent in the
work of his former graduate students, many of whom have attained
top positions in industry and academic institutions. These graduate
students, says Dr. Hazelwood, were one of the great pleasures of
working at the University of Houston. While he misses teaching,
he remains busy in retirement, traveling to Thailand during a part
of each yearas he has done for the last 14 yearsin order
to teach at a medical school in Chiang Mai.
Dr. Hazelwood received many honors during
his career at the University of Houston, but the Esther Farfel Award
was especially meaningful, he explains, because it rewarded
excellent work not in just one aspect of academic life, but in all
areas: teaching, research, and community service. Receiving the
Farfel meant that I was not overspecialized in one area or another,
but rather that I was a complete academician. In that sense, it
is a very special award.