Class Notes

In Memoriam-Carl Woese ’46

January 24, 2013

Gerry Lauderdale ’46 writes: “Our classmate Carol Woese died December 30. He was a giant in his scientific field. Indeed many of his peers thought he should have received the Nobel Prize for his work in microbiology in which he defined a whole new class of life forms now called archaea. If you google “Carl Woese” you will find an amazing wealth of information about him and his work.

I think it is safe to say that in the big picture Carl’s life work will be the most outstanding legacy of any member of our class. Carl did not keep up much contact with Deerfield but we were aware that he was doing outstanding work in his field. We can be sure that classes with Mrs. Boyden must have helped steer him towards his brilliant scientific career.