Obituaries for ISN Members and Friends
Prof. Elling Kvamme
Elling Kvamme died April 3rd 2016 at the age of 97. He was Treasurer of ISN from 1977-81, Chairman/President from 1981-83 and Past President from 1983-85. His time as an ISN Officer covered the turbulent period in ISN’s history when the Society broke with Pergamon Press and started publishing the Journal of Neurochemistry with Raven Press from January 1980. Although preliminary hearings in court had suggested that ISN had a strong case, its lawyers advised Kvamme to try to reach an agreement with Robert Maxwell out of court.
Richard Hudson Quarles
Richard Hudson Quarles, an internationally renowned neuroscientist, who retired in 2007 after 39 years at the National Institutes of Health, died Aug. 9 at a nursing home in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The cause of death was complications due to a bacterial infection. Survivors include his wife Mary, two daughters, Heather and Cynthia, and a son, Geoff, and three beloved stepchildren, Dana, Daryl and Denise in addition to his beloved beagle Maggie.
R. Wayne Albers
August 5, 1928 – September 28, 2013
Dr. R. Wayne Albers, Ph.D., Scientist Emeritus, Chief of Section on Enzyme Chemistry (retired), Laboratory of Neurochemistry in the NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD, died September 28, 2013. He was 85 years old and is survived by his former wife, Frances Albers, their children, Gail Morrell, Belinda Caron and Patricia Steinhoff, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He also had a son, the late Jonathan Albers.
Dr. Albers is a world-recognized neuroscientist most noted for his research in the field of membrane cation transport and neuronal excitability in the nervous system. Wayne Albers and physiologist R.L. Post at the University of Pennsylvania performed the principal experiments leading to their now widely-held Albers-Post model for the mechanism of the cation transport enzyme, sodium-potassium-activated ATPase.
John B Clark
ISN members will be saddened to learn of the death of Professor John B. Clark on 24 February 2013 after a very short illness.
He was a great scientist, colleague and gentleman who was also a dedicated supporter of ISN and will be long remembered for his pioneering work on brain mitochondrial function.
He published his first Journal of Neurochemistry paper in 1976, became a member of the editorial board from 1985-1994, a member of the Publications Committee from 1997-2000 and then its Chair from 2001-2010. He also served as a Council Member from 1997-2010 and as ISN Company Secretary.