In Memoriam: Gerold Schubiger
We sadly announce that Gerold Schubiger, Professor of Biology at the University of Washington, passed away on November 10th, 2012, after a courageous struggle with cancer. He was at home with Margrit - his wife, best friend, and scientific collaborator - on his final days. Gerold dedicated his scientific career to the use of Drosophila to study developmental processes. In his graduate work with Ernst Hadorn, he established the fate map for the Drosophila prothoracic leg disc. He continued his work as a postdoctoral fellow with Howard Schneiderman and in his own lab from 1972 to 2012 at the University of Washington. Gerold excelled at using clever experimental manipulations on imaginal discs and early embryos to get Drosophila to reveal mechanisms of determination, transdetermination, and cell cycle regulation. He published outstanding papers, including two in 2012 that he found particularly gratifying because they reported the fate maps for the meso- and metathoracic leg discs and new molecular insights on transdetermination, bringing his life’s work full circle.
There are many in our community who loved and admired Gerold. He was rigorous in his experimental approach, tenacious in scientific discussions, and immensely proud of his scientific offspring. We will miss him and honor him as a wonderful colleague who enthusiastically shared with us his deep love of family, friends, beautiful mountains, and the joys of scientific discovery.