Jean DeVellis


The passing of any person always brings dismay, sadness and the sense of permanent loss. Hence, it is difficult if not impossible to avoid these sentiments when writing this tribute to a person like Jean de Vellis. For those of us who had the honor and privilege of knowing and working alongside him, Jean meant more than a simple professor, more than a creative scientist, more than an outstanding colleague, more than just another boss. Jean was a fatherly and wise man who forever touched the heart and enlightened the minds of uncountable people during his 60 years of work and service for the advancement of science and the formation of researchers. His scholars, colleagues, and friends will miss him deeply and we all share in the sadness of Jean’s wife Phyllis, and his children, Genevieve and Phillip.

January 31, 1935 – December 29, 2017

It is with deep sadness and regret to inform ISN members that Dr. Keiichi Uyemura, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Keio University School of Medicine, passed away in his home on December 29, 2017 due to acute respiratory failure.  Dr.  Uyemura, 82 years old, is survived by his wife Yoriko Uyemura and his daughter Yuko Uyemura, both ophthalmologists, and his granddaughter.

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.

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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.

clarke150x211ISN 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.