Issue Date: October 1, 2007
Samuel I. Weissman
The obituary of Samuel I. Weissman (C&EN, Aug. 20, page 77) paid adequate tribute to the scientist, but perhaps not to the man. When I was a graduate student in chemistry at Washington University, St. Louis, in the late-1960s, Sam could frequently be encountered in the corridors of the department, dressed very informally and wearing old-fashioned canvas sneakers. He could have been, and reportedly was at least once, mistaken by a visitor as a janitor.
None of this kept him from sharing his wisdom with students. A less pretentious distinguished scientist could hardly be imagined! He was beloved and respected by all and inspired many to the pursuit of excellence in his model.
Judith Coburn Harris
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