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There are 10 comments on BU’s Howard Eichenbaum Dies at 69

  1. This is a totally unexpected, shocking news. What a great loss this is for everyone – his family, students and all of neuroscience. Prof. Eichenbaum was a great source of knowledge and inspiration for me during my education in neuroscience and doctoral work on learning and memory. RIP, Prof. Howard Eichenbaum.

  2. Prof. Eichenbaum will be greatly missed in our department and the broader community. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

  3. What a terrible, tragic loss. Prof. Eichenbaum was exuberant, enthusiastic, with a powerful gleam in his eye, even weeks ago. He will be greatly missed!

  4. This is very sad indeed. What a loss to BU and to the neuroscience community. I spoke to him only a few weeks ago walking out of the garage (he is an early bird like me, often parking right next to each other on the first level of the Warren Towers garage). Life is brittle. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  5. This is terrible news and a very sad moment for all of us. He was such a wonderful person and a terrific investigator. His science honesty and good work ethics make this event a tragic loss for the whole field of Neuroscience.

  6. I can only say that the sadness at the loss of dear Howard has spread across the continent and world. What a tragic loss for all of us. I truly miss him and his energy and love for science. My deep condolences to all of you. Kristen

  7. Imagine my shock when I just learned this so long after Howard’s death. I grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan with Howard, 2 years behind in the same high school. Then went on to U of M where I worked as a lab assistant for him on his work in protein synthesis and memory. He did brilliant work and explained it with such ease. He lived a block away from my dorm in Ann Arbor and dated my roommate. I can’t begin to tell you how much joy we three had. He had such an ironic, wry and wonderful sense of humor. He had unsurpassed sensitivity and empathy. As I recall he also played rugby which was in contrast to his otherwise subtleness of movement; though he was built like a tank. I first learned that Za was short for pizza from him. I was hoping to finally catch up with him and surprise him after all these decades when my brother back in Michigan told me, “0h didn’t you know? Howard died”. Stunned, no, reeling actually, I didn’t want to believe it. Feeling this sad now decades after last seeing him I can only imagine how difficult it has been for his friends, family and colleagues to move through and keep processing this loss. If any of you are still reading these posts, I hope that mine underscores how unforgettable Howard is. The memory remains clear as a bell, and he could easily explain how that translates in terms of neuroscience. Esther

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