Requiem: Dr. Gene E. Michaels

Michaels_Gene_20110612Michaels GE, Crippen DW: Post-scanning viability of specimens on support studs used in scanning electron microscopy. Bulletin of the Georgia Academy of Science, vol. 29, no. 4, September, 1971
The first “scholarly” paper I ever participated in. We showed that fungal specimens frozen in liquid nitrogen for scanning electron microscopic freeze etching were still quite infectious when warmed (the liquid nitrogen didn’t kill the spores). Microsporium canid and microsporium gypsum as I recall. This was not known before our paper which was well received in the academic community. I was a total nobody.
Dr. Gene Michaels was a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Georgia and was the fungus guy. New PhD. He and I bonded when I came back to college from Vietnam and he agreed to be my de-facto pre-med advisor when the real one refused to see me (because of my overall 1.9 grade point average). He believed in me and never ceased to encourage me. He had my infinite respect. He retired and had snow white hair and long white beard and was a continuing ambassador for the University of Georgia till his death.
I spoke to him a few years ago but sadly, he passed away in 2011.
Rest in peace, Gene. A life lived well. On 29 Nov 2013, at 23:07, Gabriel Castillo wrote
The paper is not entirely lost

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