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March 15
In Memory: Martin B. (Marty) Dickman

Martin B. (Marty) Dickman died December 2, 2018, in Carpinteria, California, following an illness. Marty was born in Flushing, New York. He received his BS degree at the University of Hawaii in Hilo in 1979 and his MS and PhD degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1982 and 1986. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Washington State University in 1987 before joining the University of Nebraska as an assistant professor in 1987. In 2003, Marty was named the Charles Bessey Professor in Plant Pathology. He joined Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 2006 as a professor of plant pathology and microbiology. At TAMU, he held the title of Christine Richardson Professor of Agriculture and was director of the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology.

Marty was a preeminent scientist specializing in the area of genetics and molecular biology of fungi and fungal–plant interactions. He made numerous advances in the understanding of how necrotrophic fungi, through the activity of their metabolites, colonize plants and how plants, upon recognition of the pathogen, trigger a response known as “apoptosis,” a form of programmed cell death (PCD). Marty garnered national and international recognition for his research contributions and authored numerous refereed articles, which were published in the most highly respected scientific journals. In addition, Marty was an effective mentor who nurtured the careers of the next generation of scientific leaders. He also built the Norman Borlaug Center at Texas A&M University into one of the nation's leading institutions for modern plant biology.

Marty had a larger-than-life personality; he was gregarious and outgoing yet caring and nurturing. He was a wonderful colleague and had many friends in the scientific community. He was widely respected and was never shy to voice an opinion. The man had passion! He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Moreover, he left a large and lasting footprint in our scientific community.

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