How sad! Three deaths so close together: Fred Grassle, Alexander Rzhavsky
and now Don Reish, all of them fine scientists and polychaetologists.
I knew Sasha much less than either Fred or Don, I spoke to him only a few
times, but it makes me sad all the same.
I met Don so long ago I can't remember, but I always felt we were friends,
more than colleagues, especially since the Xindao conference,where we
talked a lot... he gave me guidance when I needed and when we met, at all
the polychaete conferences, it was with pleasure. He is also a pillar of
the polychaete knowledge of the XXth century and formed so many students...
It is certainly a pity not to see him back at Los Angeles next year, and to
honor him as he deserved in that occasion. I will miss him very much and
extend my condoleances to his family
> > ________________________________
> > From: Leslie Harris <exogone from hotmail.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:22 AM
> > To: ANNELIDA
> > Subject: Don Reish
> > Sad news. Don Reish passed away yesterday afternoon after spending a
> week in the ICU. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure for a
> while & initially had a good prognosis. However, there were various
> complications over the last few months, the latest being a collapsed
> artery. Don is survived by his wife Janice, kids Chris, Don, and Lisa,
> and the rest of his extended family.
> > Don's passing leaves a big hole in our community but an even bigger
> legacy through his publications and especially his former students. He set
> a grand example of life-long enthusiasm & passion for worms, for science,
> for teaching, for communication, and so much more. Don mentored many
> students - one person mentioned to me that he was #64 - throughout his
> academic career. One of the reasons for SCAMIT's success over the years was
> the fact that most of the founding members came out of Don's lab inspired
> with a solid love of taxonomy and knowing the value of working together to
> achieve their goals.
> > Years ago Don wrote a memoir in a series of short installments which
> were published in the SCAMIT newsletter. It ended in 2001, with Don at age
> 76 looking forward to the IPC 7 in Iceland. Kirk Fitzhugh & Larry Lovell
> compiled the 22 installments into one document. This can be found on the
> IPC 13 website under his photo: nhm.org/ipc13<http://nhm.org/ipc13>
> > Prior to the Wales Conference Don approached Bruno Pernet about the
> possibility of holding the 13th Conference at Long Beach, duplicating Pat's
> feat of hosting the 1st and 11th conferences at the Australia Museum.
> Bruno agreed to lead the effort & recruited Kirk, Larry, Christine
> Whitcraft, and me. We all agreed that honoring Don for his accomplishments
> over his long career would be a part of IPC 13. It still will be, although
> sadly without the guest of honor.
> > His son Chris contacted Bruno Pernet with the news & asked that Don's
> colleagues be told. Please forward this information to friends of Don who
> aren't on the Annelida list. We have no details yet about services,
> charities, etc. I or someone else will write again when we do.
> > Leslie
> > Leslie Harris
> > LACM-AHF Polychaete Collections Manager
> > Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
> > 900 Exposition Boulevard
> > Los Angeles, CA 90007
> > 1-213-763-3234
> > http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/polychaetous-annelids> > https://research.nhm.org/disco/> >
> > Vice-President
> > Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists
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