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On April 28, 2003, the genetics community lost one of its most creative and talented members when Ira Herskowitz succumbed to pancreatic cancer, at age 56.
Ira's career intersected the activities of Annual Review of Genetics and its editors in many ways. He authored two outstanding reviews for us in 1973 and 1980. He served as Associate Editor from 1985 to 1989. In recognition of his success in developing and communicating the concepts in his fields, he was awarded the 1985 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing.
Some of the editors knew him from the time he was a graduate student in Ethan Signer's lab at MIT in the 1960s. Those were …