David C Gadsby

March 26, 1947March 9, 2019

David C Gadsby was born on March 26, 1947 and passed away on March 9, 2019.


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Allan Powe

March 19, 2019

My sincerest condolences to you, Patricia, and the rest of David's family for your loss. I hope that this remembrance of David shows how much he impacted me as a mentor and provides a small measure of comfort during this difficult time.

Working in David's lab my first two years at Rockefeller not only introduced me to the wonders of ion channels and sushi but also impressed upon me the role of careful thinking and meticulous experimentation in doing good science. In sharing his philosophy of science with me, he would refer to the Ernest Rutherford attributed quote "All science is either physics or stamp collecting" and then make his case for preferring the "physics" approach. It was under David's kind and knowledgeable tutelage I gained my steadfast love of mechanism, the deep understanding of how things work, be it the workings of an ion channel, the action of a drug, or the education of a child. Pursuing the "how" became central to my career in experimental science and even now informs my approach to science education. For his influence and impact on me as a scientist and as a human being, I will be forever grateful. Rest in peace, David...

Julian Stenhouse

March 18, 2019


I knew Dave fairly well during our three years at Cambridge University, he at Trinity College, me next door at Trinity Hall, but I got to know him really, really, really well over the next three years when we partied hard in our tiny, two bedroom, top-floor flat in South Kensington, London, high under the eaves. And high was usually the word. The walls of that top-floor flat throbbed to the beat of Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Argent, the Stones. We shared the rent, we shared the cooking, we shared our hopes and fears. We went to the movies together, we stood side-by-side on the terraces at nearby Chelsea, Palace and Rangers. We tripped together. We tripped together from Tangier on the Marrakech Express, we journeyed south from Algiers deep into the Sahara. We were joined at the hip and there was never a cross word between us.

Then, after three years, it was time to get out, get on and get married. So, apart from a week spent with David and Patricia in New York, and meetings-up in London, we inevitably saw much less of each other. But, as Shakespeare's Falstaff reminisces with his doddery old pal Justice Shallow: "We have heard the Chimes at Midnight", so too Dave and I did hear those midnight chimes together, many times, long ago, not just metaphorically but literally too, for our high eyrie backed on to one of Kensington's tall chiming churches.

Later on David became an important scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was a brave and kind man who led a good, long and happy life. But, for all that, justice can be shallow. He was taken away before his time. We shall miss him. Very much.

Christine Phelan Lothian

March 15, 2019

The Canucks are so sad to lose Cousin David; we shared a delicious dinner off Central Park, his treat, and I promised him a return engagement. His sense of humour was glorious. In Toronto ,a few years ago , he met all of my family, and we kept each other in the e-mail loop as more lovely grandchildren arrived.

Patricia, Deryn, John , and family, our deepest sympathy .

akinori noma

March 11, 2019

Dear Patricia,
Please accept my sincere condolences on your David's death.

 I remember his warm smile when discussing science, and playing fishing , swimming, tennie and many things. We met so many times and always he encouraged me in many international meetings. We met at Okazaki for the first time long time ago. Since then, David invited me many times to Woods Hole and worked together in the Lockfeller Univ. David was indeed one of several cardiac physiologist, with whom I could share the same spirit of learning and clarifying basic principles of our life. I leaned such mental attitude toward research from Late Prof. Hiroshi Irisawa and I could immediately find the same spirit in David when he visited us in Okazaki institute. I expect he kept the traditional attitude toward science from Cambrige school. I admire many of David's establishment in Cardiac physiology.
I fortunately still can work in the same area and thereby may keep such a wonderful memory of David.