In memoriam

IU logo engraved in limestone.

We lost two valued and cherished members of the faculty this year. We miss them.

Kathleen A. Matthews
Mar. 8, 1954–Mar. 17, 2018

Kathy Matthews was an accomplished geneticist and began her career at IU as a postdoc in Thom Kaufman’s lab. It was at that time that Cal Tech sought a new home for its drosophila stock center. Kaufman proposed that the stock be moved to IU and that Matthews be the collection manager. Matthews directed and grew the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center since 1986 and cofounded FlyBase, a catalog of Drosophila genetics, in 1992; both are critical repositories for fruit fly research.

“..., it is fair to say that Kathy is as responsible for the success of the worldwide Drosophila research community as any other single person,” said Greg Demas, professor and chair.

Read more about Kathy Matthews in the tributes

in The Scientist in Genes to Genomes