[Staff] Passing of Professor Glenn Hatton

Azra Ayers azra.ayers at ucr.edu
Tue Jan 20 14:56:12 PST 2009


Dear Campus Community,

 

I write to regretfully inform you that Glenn I. Hatton, 74, Distinguished
Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of
California, Riverside, died peacefully on Friday, January 16, 2009, in
Riverside following a brief illness from cancer.

 

Hatton was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 12, 1934. He received his
B.S. from North Central College, Naperville, Illinois in 1960 in Psychology,
and M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology and Physiology, from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1962 and 1964, respectively.

 

In 1965 Hatton joined Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor,
and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Psychology and Physiology,
serving as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program from 1978 to 1991.
In 1992 he joined the University of California, Riverside as Professor and
founding Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, which later became the
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. During this time, he founded
the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UC Riverside and served as its first
Director. Hatton stepped down as Chair and Director in 2002.  During his
career he advanced twice to the rank of Distinguished Professor, first at
Michigan State University in 1986 and then at UC Riverside in 1997.

 

Glenn Hatton was internationally recognized for his scientific contributions
that advanced key concepts in neuroscience. Until three decades ago it was
assumed that the structure of the brain is fixed once the process of
development is completed in early life.  In pioneering studies that began in
1976, Hatton helped to transform this thinking by showing brain structure is
dynamic, with marked changes in the shapes and spatial relationships between
different types of brain cells that occur over minutes to hours.  The
offshoots of his revolutionary contributions continue to the present time.

 

Hatton was one of a relatively small but growing number of neuroscientists
to tackle another fascinating problem - the interaction between neurons
(cells traditionally regarded as delivering all signals in the brain) and
glial cells (cells formerly thought to provide little more than metabolic
and structural support for neurons). Hatton's work showing that glial cells
play active roles in functioning nervous systems helped launch the
burgeoning field of glial-neuronal interactions, which has emerged as one of
the most active fields in brain research.  His work and leadership was
pivotal in the founding of the Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions at UC
Riverside.

 

Hatton's prolific research record is documented by more than 170 high
quality technical articles he published in scientific journals. He also had
an outstanding record of research grants, exemplified by continuous funding
throughout his entire career by the National Institutes of Health.

 

Hatton's expertise was widely recognized by his peers.  He was President of
the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs and a member of
numerous review panels at the National Institutes of Health.  He was on the
editorial boards of several neuroscience journals.  In recognition of his
research, he received numerous honors, including the National Institutes of
Health Research Career Development Award, Fogarty Senior Fellow, Guggenheim
Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge Senior
Scholar, Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, and Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Hatton was
twice chosen for the prestigious Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator
Award from the National Institutes of Health.

 

Hatton is survived by Patricia, his wife of 54 years, his children James,
William, Christopher, Jennifer, and Tracey Silla, daughter-in-law Caroline,
and son-in-law Sam, and granddaughter, Aubrey.  A son, Trent, died in 1988.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UC
Riverside Foundation - Glenn Hatton Memorial Fund, 120A Highlander Hall,
Riverside, Ca.  92521.

 

A memorial service will be held at the UC Riverside Botanical Gardens on
Friday, January 23rd at 2pm.

 

Sincerely,

David Eastmond, Chair

Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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