Dr. James K. Bubien 58 of Pelham, AL and East Beach, Charlestown, RI died unexpectedly Tuesday January 11, 2011 at his home in Rhode Island. Born in Ludlow, MA September 26, 1952 son of Helen (Makowicz) and the late Stanley Bubien. A 1970 graduate of Ludlow High, a 1974 graduate of
Boston College, he received his Masters in 1978, and his Doctorate in 1983 from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Bubien was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Over his long and distinguished career, Jim made major contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the development of Cystic Fibrosis and Hypertension. His greatest scientific achievement was to identify and characterize a mutation that leads to hyperactivity
of a protein that results in inappropriate retention of salt and water by the kidney and the development of high blood pressure. Jim’s work provided a major advancement in understanding human hypertension and will hopefully lead to the development of new therapeutics that will alleviate this major human disease. Undoubtedly Jim was happiest near the water with a fishing pole, he will long be remembered for his love of the sport and sharing fishing with others. He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary S. (Swistak) Bubien.
His mother Helen (Makowicz) Bubien, his mother in law Sibyl (Bombardier) Swistak. His loving sister Elizabeth Ann Betty Scanlon of East Longmeadow. Brother in law Steven Swistak and his wife Kathy, Michael Swistak, and sister in law Patricia Swistak. Nieces and nephews Peter Swistak, Mark Swistak, Michael Scanlon, Kimberly Carr, Nicholas, Alexander, & Toriellen. Godchildren Brandon Pyers, Peter Swistak, and Christine Scanlon. Also survived by many extended family members and friends.
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Funeral Services Celebrating his life will be Tuesday January 18, 2011 with family and friends assembling at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow by 9 AM. The funeral procession will leave at 9:30 AM for a 10:30 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Aquinas Church 70 North St. West Warren. Rites of committal will be at a later date.