Cecil Hougie, founding faculty member of UCSD med school, dies

Cecil Hougie, M.D., one of the founding faculty when the UCSD School of Medicine opened in fall 1968, died Sunday at La Jolla’s Thornton Hospital at age 87.

He and his wife Barbara would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month.

Hougie, professor emeritus, is best known for his discovery of factor X, a pivotal factor in blood clotting. He was the author or co-author of several books and wrote more than 200 medical research articles.

He was born in Manchester, England, in 1922. He was a member of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, an avid fisherman, golfer and tennis player.

“Cecil Hougie was a pioneer in the field of coagulation studies, laying the

foundation for our understanding of the mechanisms of blood clotting,” said David N. Bailey, a former chair of UCSD’s Department of Pathology. “As a gifted teacher and mentor, he inspired generations of medical students and residents.”

“He made valuable contributions to the Department of Pathology and the university during these early formative years,” said Colin M. Bloor, M.D., distinguished professor emeritus of pathology. “He continued his research studies during a time when significant new advances were being made. We faculty colleagues enjoyed our interactions with Cecil and appreciated his wit and dry English humor.”

Longtime friend Carl Lind, a retired La Jolla businessman, remembers Hougie as a great angler.

“He was a dedicated and excellent fisherman and would launch his skiff often before work from La Jolla Shores’ launch area,” he said. “He caught numerous very large white sea bass in La Jolla and was well known. He and I fished for salmon every year in British Columbia.”

Houie is survived by his wife, his son Christopher of St. Helena, Calif., and his grandchildren Ethan and Ella Hougie.