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In Memoriam: Martin Dworkin December 3, 1927 - February 6, 2014

Ashley Haase
February 10, 2014

Colleagues and friends in the Department of Microbiology and University of Minnesota at large mourn the passing of emeritus Professor Martin Dworkin on February 6, 2014. Professor Dworkin was a pre-eminent scholar in Microbiology who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his research on myxobacteria and, more broadly, for his tremendous influence on the entire prokaryotic field of microbiology in illuminating the multicellular behavior and cell-cell communication between, bacteria.

Over more than four decades, Professor Dworkin had a tremendous impact on undergraduate and graduate students as the consummate professor. Microbiology came alive through his experiences and through the excitement he shared with undergraduates about the scientific process as well as a body of knowledge, and graduate students and young faculty will remember him as a wonderful mentor and advocate. Marty also mentored as his own the students in the Medical Scientist Training Program during his tenure as director. He inspired them to tackle tough questions, and he cheered them on long after they left the University.

Outside of his professorial life and duties, Marty was a near professional musician, a dog-lover and devoted husband of Nomi, his wife of 57 years. He was father to daughters, Jessica Sarah and Hanna Bluma; and grandfather of Leo and Benjamin. He is and will be well remembered by the Department and University for his inquisitive mind, as a passionate scholar who embraced the entire field of microbiology, and as a colleague whom we will all miss greatly.

Graveside service Monday, February 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the SONS OF JACOB CEMETERY, 770 Parkway Drive, St. Paul. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Beth Jacob Torah Study Group, MAZON, the St. Paul Jewish Federation, or the donor's favorite charity. SHIVA, at the family residence (7:00 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat). Hodroff-Epstein 651-698-8311 www.hodroffepstein.com. Read the Star Tribune obituary.

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