On the loss of our dear friend, mentor, and fellow microbiologist Dr. Paul Schreckenberger
Although I hadn’t known Paul as long as many in our field, it doesn’t take long to understand how special he was to our microbiology family. Paul was a man who led by example. He worked tirelessly towards his passions, and that was evident in all things he pursued. Undoubtedly he will leave a mark in the areas of clinical microbiology laboratory practice and research, but it is his commitment to education and the furthering of others that stands out so very clearly among his many talents. In these recent days, we’ve heard from so many in the microbiology community; how he helped you form your foundational knowledge in microbiology or better understand a concept in our very complex field. He saw potential and inspired enthusiasm for the field in so many of us. He told us recently that one of his many great joys was seeing the progress and engagement of the newest members in our field; that the ‘sparkle in their eye’ was what, in turn, inspired him as well. By walking the path each day, he encouraged us to be the best versions of ourselves, and then, with gentle guidance, allowed us to do just that. Although in this time of sadness his loss is deeply felt, we also take comfort in the celebration and remembrance of a life that touched so many, tied us together as a community, and was a shining example of what it means to be a mentor, teacher, scientist, friend, and leader in our field. His legacy will remain long after these difficult days, and for that we can be thankful.
Respectfully submitted, Amanda Harrington
The Illinois Society For Microbiology was established in 1935 to promote scientific knowledge in microbiology
and to support the work of the American Society for Microbiology.