May 19, 2020
Brian was the reason I went to grad school. He didn’t just encourage me, he walked me through the whole process and supported me continuously throughout my studies. He was a good friend to me, a mentor and a drinking buddy, and drove six hours with Rita and Megan to stand up at my wedding. He loved science and shaped my view of what it is to be a scientist and a teacher. I owe much of my success and happiness in life to Brian, and I’m heartbroken to know that I won’t get another chance to enjoy his insight, his wit, his sage wisdom and his boundless curiosity. There couldn’t be a better cause to memorialize Brian than one that promotes science education. Having received Brian’s great gifts, I am honored to do what little I can to pass them along to the future.
Thank you, Dr. Slator.