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In Memoriam: Walter Gehring

Walter Jakob Gehring

March 20, 1939 – May 29, 2014

It is with extreme sadness, FlyBase announces that Walter Gehring, one of the major figures of Drosophila genetics tragically passed away on May 29th as a result of injuries from an auto accident. Walter‘s fundamental contributions to the molecular genetics and developmental biology of Drosophila are too numerous to list here. As important as his research contributions are, he also leaves behind the legacy of an exceptional list of former students and postdoctoral fellows. For most of his career, he was a Professor at the Biozentrum and we refer you to their obituary of Walter. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Elsbeth, his family, friends and colleagues.