In Memoriam: Dr. Richard F. Edlich
An early supporter of the UVA Research Park, Dr. Richard F. Edlich passed away December 25 in Brush Prairie, Wash. He was 74.
An award winning physician, Dr. Edlich attracted the UVA Research Park’s first tenant to the area, MicroAire Surgical Instruments.
An excerpt from UVA Today:
Edlich came to the U.Va. School of Medicine for a plastic surgery residency in 1972, after general surgical training at the University of Minnesota. He eventually became Distinguished Professor of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He left as professor emeritus in 2001, moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue further medical research opportunities.
“He was a great physician, scientist and innovator, and we were fortunate to have had him in leadership roles here at U.Va.,” said Dr. Erik Hewlett, professor of medicine and microbiology, immunology and cancer biology, who is an associate with the U.Va. Innovation initiative.
Realizing the importance of partnerships between the University and industry, Edlich supported the development of North Fork Research Park, now U.Va. Research Park. In recognition of his efforts, the University named one of the park’s streets “Edlich Drive.”