• HENDRIX ROGER W. Roger went ov...

Roger went over the horizon August 15, 2017, after a brief but valiant battle with his aneurism. He was 75. He is survived by Susan Godfrey, his wife of 46 years; his brother, Barton Hendrix and sister-in-law, Evie Hendrix; and by Susan's sibs, Thomas Godfrey, Marian Godfrey Gardner, Dan Godfrey, and Alexandra Godfrey; and numerous others in the Godfrey and Hendrix family circles. As a schoolchild, Roger was fascinated with astronomy and drew sky maps that covered the ceiling of one of his classrooms. Summers, the family backpacked in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He became a serious photographer, sharing that passion with Bart and sister, Lynn. When Susan first met him he was never seen without a camera about his neck, unless in his laboratory. Roger earned his undergraduate degree at Caltech, his PhD at Harvard, did post-doctoral research at Stanford University, and in 1973 took up a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has served full-time until he died. He was absorbed by his basic research into the structure, assembly, and evolution of bacteriophages- those viruses which infect bacteria. Initially that meant looking at viruses using an electron microscope, which meant a darkroom was readily to hand when he wanted to print his various photographs. The bacteriophage work has been and continues to be informative about basic workings of other kinds of viruses, and various other interesting biological phenomena. Roger trained many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and taught a variety of courses in the biomedical sciences to both undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Pitt. Roger participated weekly in the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, playing clarinet, and also regularly played recorder in a Renaissance and Baroque music group with Susan and other dear friends. It was his conviction that his having played music in school orchestras through his childhood was a key factor in his making achievements later in science, and he has more recently sought ways to facilitate music in schools. Roger won prizes for his research, and published many papers. He has served on the editorial boards of several technical journals. Among his many awards and prizes, he received the 1997 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh; 2002 became Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, and 2009 The National Academy of Sciences (US) Award for Scientific Reviewing. Roger filled our lives with laughter, unusual vocabulary (most recently 'absquatulate'), excitement, and love. Now that he has absquatulated from this earthly sphere, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Roger's life will be celebrated at a memorial service on November 10, 2017, in the Heinz Chapel on the Pitt campus. Memorial donations may be made to the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (212 Ninth Street, Suite 601, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC.
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PostedSeptember 04, 2017