Gear, Adrian Richard Leishman | Obituaries

Adrian Richard Leishman Gear, 77, of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol; his two sons, Andrew, Charlotte, N.C. and Richard, Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren, Hannah and Julia, Charlotte, N.C. Other surviving family members include brothers, Michael, Scotland, UK and Peter, Mill Valley, Calif. Adrian was born on August 31, 1939, in Pretoria, South Africa. He was the third son of Dr. Harry S. Gear and Joyce Gear. In 1944, the family moved to Cape Town where his father became Deputy Chief Health Officer for the S.A. Department of Public Health. Adrian was educated at Bishops Diocesan College. The family later moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1951, where his father became the Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization. While in Geneva, Adrian attended the International School of Geneva. Adrian went on to attend Oxford University for undergraduate, graduate and finally a Doctor of Philosophy degree under the direction of Sir Hans Krebs. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Dr. Albert Lehninger before joining the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor in 1967 at the tender age of 28. Dr. Gear had a long and productive career at the University, where he studied the role of platelets in the blood-clotting cascade, in particular, those involving the interactions of oxidized lipoproteins and bacterial toxins and their relationship to cardiovascular pathology. He developed a unique, “quenched flow” method of studying the kinetics of platelet adhesion and aggression in real time on the millisecond scale. Dr. Gear had a passion for teaching and successfully guided hundreds of graduate and medical students through the convoluted…

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