Thanks for letting us know. I didn't know Dave well, but crossed paths numerous times when I was in the Sonneborn and Preer labs. Great person and great scientist. The ciliate world has lost two important people with the deaths of Dave and John Preer in recent months.


Judith A. Dilts, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
James Madison University

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On Jun 4, 2016, at 12:20 PM, 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