November 2010

Retrospective: Dale J. Benos (1950 - 2010)

Below, we offer reflections from several of Benos' friends and colleagues.

We were all deeply saddened by the terrible news. All of us who had any contacts with Dale were always so impressed by his scientific and administrative competence and his wonderful personality. As an associate editor, he did excellent reviews, combining his extensive scientific knowledge with his respect for each author, acknowledging how much work went into each manuscript. On a personal note, I considered him a close friend.
-- Herb Tabor, editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry

Dale was an exceptionally energetic and thoughtful AE.  He will be much missed.
-- Norma M Allewell, Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editor

We at ASBMB/JBC were lucky to "steal" Dale from the American Physiological Society, where he had led the society in many ways, including as president. To ASBMB/JBC, he brought intellect, energy, fresh ideas, humor and serious engagement with our mission of service. We will miss him a lot.
-- Robert D. Simoni, Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editor

Dale had an infectious enthusiasm for life, which made his death such a shock.
When he became an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, he brought this same energy and enthusiasm to the activities of the journal. We will miss him as a colleague and as a friend; a man such as Dale cannot be replaced.
-- Richard W. Hanson, Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editor

Dale was always upbeat and an absolute pleasure to work with. Dale was a member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry family, and we lost a friend, colleague, and partner to staff, authors, editors and reviewers. I could always count on Dale to make me smile, and, when I think of him now, I do just that. He enjoyed teaching and being an associate editor, and he always talked about his girls and wife with affection.
-- Nancy Rodnan, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology director of publications

Dale Benos' passing is a terrible shock and a great loss to the JBC community.  He has been a devoted and energetic associate editor, and we will miss him greatly.
-- Joan Conaway, Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editor

As chairs of departments of physiology, Dale and I had many enthusiastic discussions about the journal and its impact on biological sciences. He had a special perspective from his service as a previous editor of another journal and involvement in publication affairs in addition to his scientific and administrative experiences. His valuable advice on many occasions was peppered with novel ideas on how to make things better. That was Dale, so good at making things better.
-- James T. Stull, Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editor

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Dale was my mentor as a doctoral student. In other ways he was like the older brother I never had. He was one of the most influential people in my life both scientifically and personally. Not a day passes that I don't think of him. CM

 

I knew Dale for over 25 years as a colleague at UAB and later just as a friend. In addition to respecting Dale as a scientist I came to know him as a kind and generous person. My fondest memory of Dale is the enthusiasm he showed each year in a course we offered Birmingham City School teachers called BioTeach. He was alway a favorite. I will miss seeing Dale. Stephen Hajduk, Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

 

 

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