Those of us who worked as post-docs in Alan’s lab gained further insight into his unique approach to science and life. First and foremost, in all aspects, Alan possessed a quickness of mind that allowed him to grasp ideas, both good and bad, with ease. He could also be counted on to provide assistance or constructive feedback on any issue - a draft of a manuscript or support with a letter of recommendation. He was not one to keep you waiting and, in fact, had to make efforts to pace himself. These qualities were instrumental in promoting an exciting lab atmosphere, in which his enthusiasm and motivation were examples to be emulated. He loved to challenge people, and many of our most enjoyable discussions were in the form of arguments. Sometimes extreme in his opinion, he forced one to be knowledgeable to defend one’s point of view.
The number of post-docs who worked with Alan and have now successfully established themselves in the many areas of nuclear organization/function attests to the success of his active approach to science, and the experiences gained during our tenure with him will be invaluable as we continue our research. More importantly, Alan cared for people, his friends and most of all his family. Of the many images of Alan that reside in my memory, one common feature stands out: his smile and laugh, revealing how much he loved and enjoyed life at all times.
For those of us who knew Alan, we can only regret his loss and be thankful for having had the opportunity to include him among our friends.