Emeritus Professor Gerold Schubiger passes away

It saddens me to report that our friend and colleague, Gerold Schubiger, passed away on November 10, 2012 at his home.  Throughout his lengthy and difficult treatment for liver cancer he remained devoted to his research, maintaining an active NIH-funded laboratory even after retirement, carrying out the incisive experiments for which he is well known among developmental biologists, and writing his manuscripts.  No doubt Gerold's incredible physical fitness played a large role in keeping him engaged until the very end.

Gerold is remembered fondly by his former graduate students and faculty colleagues.  As Barbara Wakimoto has pointed out, Gerold served the UW for his entire academic career, from Assistant Professor to Professor Emeritus.  Our department benefited tremendously from Gerold's insistence on quality and rigor in the scientific enterprise, and from his willingness to speak his mind.  We will miss him greatly. 

On behalf of our department, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Margrit Schubiger, Gerold's partner in life as well as in research, and to his daughters Regi and Marion.  If you wish to send a personal note to Gerold's family, the Schubiger home is located at:

5731 NE 56th Street
Seattle, WA 98105


Toby Bradshaw
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology

To read a reflection on Gerold's many contributions to the UW and scientific community, click here.


For those wishing to honor Gerold Schubiger with a remembrance, his family suggests a contribution to The DeLill Nasser Fund, The Genetics Society of America, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3991 (https://secure.genetics-gsa.org/geroldschubiger.shtml ) or The Group Health Foundation Hospice Fund, PO Box 34015, Seattle, WA  98124-4015 (www.ghc.org/foundation/makeAGift).