The impetus behind new basic research into Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and the most prominent public face of this extremely rare accelerated-aging disorder caused by a defect in nuclear lamins, Sam Berns died Friday, January 10, from HGPS complications. He was 17.
Robert P. Perry, who made his mark at the start of the DNA age with key work on RNA synthesis and was still at the leading edge 45 years later, publishing an evolutionary biology paper using bioinformatics to compare mouse and human ribosomal protein promoter genes, died July 15 at his home in Bucks County, PA. He was 82. Perry was best known for resolving the structure of the 5' cap on messenger RNA in the nucleus. He spent nearly his entire research career at what is now the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1977. He was a member of ASCB for 29 years and served on the ASCB Council from 1971-1973.
A pioneer in the discovery and exploration of the cytoskeletal motor protein, dynein, Barbara Hollingworth Gibbons died June 7 at her home in Orinda, California, with her husband, Ian, and their children Peter and Wendy at her bedside. She was 81. As a husband and wife scientific team, Barbara and Ian Gibbons were jointly honored by the ASCB in 1998 for their dynein work with the presentation of the E.B. Wilson Medal, the Society's highest scientific honor.
Adolphus "Tol" Toliver, a prominent voice at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for active measures to support minority students and faculty pursuing careers in biology, died March 26, exactly two weeks short of his 82nd birthday.
Ruth G. Doell, an ASCB member from 1964 until her retirement from the Biology Department at San Francisco State University in 1992, died February 22 at her home in El Granada, CA. She was 86.
Francis Hugh Ruddle, a former ASCB President and a pioneer at Yale University in mapping the human genome and creating the first transgenic mouse, died March 10 in New Haven. He was 83.
John Charles Hutton, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular & Developmental Biology and Research Director of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, died December 18 in Denver. He was 64.
The first elected chair of the Women In Cell Biology (WICB) committee, Ellen R. Dirksen, professor emeritus in Neurobiology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, died on January 5.