Dr. Bruce Line, 59

Cancer researcher, teacher

April 22, 2007

Dr. Bruce Line, a cancer researcher, professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and director of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Cockeysville. He was 59.

Dr. Line's most recent work focused on molecular targeted therapy in cancer as part of the American-Russian Cancer Alliance.

Dr. Ruben Mezrich, chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Maryland, called the research being done by Dr. Line and his colleagues "groundbreaking" in cancer treatment.

"The irony of it is, his work probably would have saved him," said Dr. Mezrich, who worked with Dr. Line for five years. "It's very sad. They're working on a novel approach to killing cancer."

Dr. Line was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1969. He earned his medical degree from Albany (N.Y.) Medical College in 1973.

Dr. Line met his wife, Beth, while the two were at Franklin and Marshall. The couple married in 1970.

Following a private memorial service for family and close friends yesterday, Mrs. Line spoke of the importance of her husband's research in cancer.

"His hope was that he would live long enough to bring his work to fruition," Mrs. Line said. "Now it's our family's hope that it will lead to some cures."

In 1974, Dr. Line received his first faculty appointment as a clinical associate in nuclear medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He was a clinical associate and research analyst with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on the NIH campus from 1975 to 1981.

In 1981, Dr. Line returned to the Albany Medical Center, where he was a professor of radiology and of cell biology and cancer research for 19 years. He joined the UM faculty in 2000.

His colleagues from the University of Maryland Department of Diagnostic Radiology will establish the Bruce Roberts Line Prize to recognize significant contributions in the radiological sciences. It will be awarded annually to a faculty member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Line of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a son, Christian Line of Hershey, Pa.

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