Though I never really got to know Dave, I have always had great respect for him and his work. He clearly was an excellent mentor and warm friend. With his loss, we truly move into a new era.

  I always think of Dave and his contributions when October rolls around as he and I share the same birthday date, though he has claimed it a bit longer than I have. My sympathy to Jean.

Dot Widmayer
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On Jun 4, 2016, at 11:23 AM, Ed Orias <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear members of the ciliate research community,


Today I was deeply saddened to receive a phone call from Jean Nanney informing me of the passing away of David L. Nanney, my PhD mentor and almost a second parent to me. For newcomers to our field, David established the field of Tetrahymena genetics, and made seminal contributions to Tetrahymena biology. As a PhD student of Tracy M. Sonneborn -- the initiator of the microbial genetics field -- David contributed to the early understanding of epigenetics in Paramecium. His legacy remains a foundation for much of the exciting on-going scientific work in our field.


Sadly yours,


Eduardo Orias

Research Professor,

Dept. of MCD Biology,

University of California Santa Barbara