Clarence Jacob Doodeman Professorship in Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Established in 2006 with a gift from Edward M. and Loretta M. Downey
Clarence was a warm and gregarious man who worked as an automobile mechanic in Chicago, died of sudden cardiac arrest in 1957 at the age of 45. His older brother met the same fate while still in his 30s, and two of his younger brothers also suffered from heart disease. Clarence was a devoted father of three daughters. His daughter Loretta was 12 when her father died. She has vowed to do everything in her power to help others avoid such a devastating experience. Endowing this professorship fulfills Loretta Downey’s long-held ambition. It is the Downeys’ hope that the researchers who fill this chair will unlock the mysteries of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac arrest, and develop effective treatments that will save lives.