Dr. Michael Blackburn has been named the William S. Kilroy Sr., Chair in Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Blackburn is world-renowned for his research in adenosine signaling in chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema) and pulmonary fibrosis and very deserving of this prestigious honor.

The William S. Kilroy Sr., Chair in Pulmonary Disease was created in 2002 through a $500,000 gift to the New Frontiers Campaign from the William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation.  Lora Jean “Jeanie” Kilroy, trustee of the Kilroy foundation, named the endowment in honor of her late husband, William S. Kilroy Sr., who passed away in 1999 from emphysema. Mr. Kilroy founded the Kilroy Company of Texas, an oil exploration and production company.