Our renowned colleague and member of the Editorial Board of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, Robert C Moellering, Jr, passed away in February. He was a leader in the field of infectious diseases, and we are all saddened by this tremendous loss.
He was Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital (later Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and the Shields Warren-Mallinckrodt Professor of Medical Research at Harvard Medical School. Bob was a true scientist-teacher. He was involved in both laboratory and clinical research, and his contributions to our field have greatly enhanced our care of patients. He was highly respected by his students and trainees. On a personal note, he encouraged and supported me during my career for which I am very grateful. Bob had received many honors, which include the 2006 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (see photo). He also received the Hoechst-Roussel Award from the American Society of Microbiology, the Maxwell Finland Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the 2008 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement from IDSA.