I too am greatly saddened by this news. My interactions with Marty go back
a long time, to the late 1960s when I returned to Canada and started my
lab. With the late Jan Engberg, my first postdoc who I met when I was a
postdoc in Copenhagen and Jan was a graduate student, we were interested
in Tetrahymena rDNA. Meng Chao in Marty's lab was also interested in this.
We interacted very positively with the goal of advancing scince and this
was the first of many very interesting and productive interactions, many
leading to collaborations and co-publications.
Not only was the long history of scientific interactions positive and
productive but Marty was a true leader of the cell biology and ciliate
communities and worked tirelessly to advance these communities. His
insights and contributions at conferences and in more private interactions
were always positive and important in supporting people, the community,
and science. As Doug mentioned, was instrumental in developing a sense of
community and this was very positive in advancing ciliate biology and
supporting the exceptional science has been produced.
Marty also trained many exceptional people, many of who have remained to
be exceptional contributors to the ciliate and other communities. an
Heartfelt condolences to the family, including Marty's extensive
scientific family. A tragic loss.
Dr. Ronald E. Pearlman [log in to unmask]
Associate Scientific Director
Co-ordinator, Student Outreach Programs
The Gairdner Foundation
Past President and Advisor
Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science
University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Dept. of Biology
Director, Core Molecular Biology Facility
4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
On Thu, 24 Oct 2019, F P Doerder wrote:
> So sorry about this sad news. One of Marty's first papers inspired some of my early work, and of course, he had a very productive research and mentoring career that inspired so many others. He was always a pleasure to interact with at meetings, too. A loss to the community.
> Paul Doerder
> From: Ciliate Molecular Biology <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Jacek Gaertig <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:53 PM
> To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Marty Gorovsky
> Dear Ciliate Researchers:
> I am forwarding very sad news from Jody Bowen about the passing away of Marty Gorovsky. His studies led to many fundamental contributions in cell and molecular biology based on ciliate models, including groundbreaking discoveries on chromatin and genome organization. I had an honor and privilege to be among his many trainees. Marty was a wonderful mentor. It is a huge loss to our community.
> Jacek Gaertig
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Jody LaRose" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> Subject: Re: sad news
> Date: October 23, 2019 at 8:38:16 PM EDT
> To: "Jacek Gaertig" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> It is with great sadness that I write to tell the Ciliate community that
> Marty Gorovsky died of a heart attack yesterday. His wife Joyce said they
> will not be having a service but the family is gathering together. Marty had
> been having some health issues for a while. Joyce asked that I let his
> friends know since she did not have contact information. Her address is
> 6102 Westover Way, Somerset, NJ 08873. For more than 45 years Marty was my
> teacher, boss, friend and support system--a great researcher and so much
> more. It is hard to believe that he is gone.
> Jody Bowen