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Riverside Memorial Chapel

180 West 76Th Street, New York, NY

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Gerald Weissmann

August 7, 1930July 10, 2019

Gerald Weissmann was born on August 7, 1930 and passed away on July 10, 2019.

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Hershel Raff

July 11, 2019

I served on the FASEB Journal Editorial Board under Gerry and was always blown away by his breadth and depth of understanding about just about everything (including classical music, our common interest). His rapier wit was renown, and his Editorials epic and fearless. Just getting us into the Cosmos Club for our meetings is something I will always cherish. A truly great man who will be greatly missed.

Hershel Raff PhD
Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Jill Buyon

July 11, 2019

Yesterday marked a very sad day for our Rheumatology division at NYU. For those of our faculty and friends who grew up under Gerry's strong wings, you will feel as I do, missing a major pillar of our foundation. For those of you who really knew Gerry only briefly or perhaps never met him, you missed a man of grand proportions who launched a legacy of leadership in Rheumatology. He hand picked all his fellows, which we often thought might have been influenced by our answers to his query of the latest book we had read. Gerry was a man of influence and every invited speaker to our grand rounds, regardless of their accomplishments, knew that when Gerry was in the audience, the most challenging of questions would be guaranteed. Gerry taught us all how important neutrophils are, to dissect a research problem down to its bare bones, to write the Queen's English (never a noun to be used as an adjective), to deliver a masterful speech (hours spent slide by slide, color for color for every ACR presentation), and to appreciate that ear cartilage tells a health story. His laboratory was always abuzz with the latest research WOW (yes he would love to come into the lab looking for those WOWs). He demanded excellence from us all and never ceased to amaze me with his profound fund of knowledge. His knowledge spanned the arts, the theater and more, though some (not I) could never understand why one of his favorite movies was Dirty Dancing. To the academic world, he will be remembered as one of the greatest influences on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation and lipid metabolism. We will profoundly miss him and for me personally, the void will be felt for some time to come. Two of his quotes I would like to leave you with " don't tell me your ideas, show me your latest paper.... ... patting yourself on the back generates bursitis... ". Gerry will be never be forgotten.

earl weidner

July 11, 2019

--for the past 50 years...Ann and Gerry ..have been .ever present and major contributors to the life of the MBL...which according to Weissmann's mentor...has had a kind of life of its own. I have always looked forward each year to Gerry's smile and his updates on what he was doing...and he was always doing something...his books on Woods Hole rather reflect this. I am simply thinking he is on assignment...and perhaps his spirit is still here.