A memorial celebration of the lives of David and Dot Perkins will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2007 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Chapel at the Asilomar Conference Center. All are invited. For those not attending the entire conference but wishing to come just for the memorial, the following is a list of hotels that are directly across the street from the Asilomar Conference Center:

Deer Haven 831-373-1114
Pacific Garden Inn 831-646-9414
Andril's Cottages 831-375-0994
Howard Johnsons 831-373-8777
Beachcomber Inn



We announce with a heavy heart and great sadness the passing of two very special members of our community.

David Perkins passed away peacefully on January 2, 2007 at 3:45 PM, with his daughter Sue at the bedside. David was not strong enough to beat the pneumonia and endocarditis the he developed just before Christmas. He made the decision not to be kept on a respirator and when it was removed, nature took its course. David left with all the dignity that he showed in his long life. He was exactly four months short of his 88th birthday.

Dorothy (Dot) Newmeyer Perkins passed away peacefully on January 6, and joined David in their long journey together through life and beyond. Dot was 83 years old, and ageing had not been kind to her.

She had been in poor health for several months, and David passing surely affected her greatly.

This is a shocking news to all of us who knew them: the Department, the University, the Neurospora community, and scientific community at large. David and Dot touched so many people with their kindness, generosity, and devotion to science and these communities. We have all lost great friends and colleagues.

David and Dot are survived by their daughter Sue and her husband John. We are trying to help them cope with these tragic losses.

David and Dot would not want anybody to make a big fuss, but there are many of us who would like to celebrate and honor his life. We have set up a web-tribute to David and will now expand it to include Dot at http://www.stanford.edu/group/neurospora/

Please send anything you would like posted to one of us at the email addresses below. There will also be a memorial to them at the upcoming Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar in March.


N. B. Raju and Dave Jacobson