In closing, Mike was an exceptional individual who had an unusual talent for innovative discovery and insight in biology. During his career, he was able to stimulate and foster the research careers of a substantial number of individuals who have gone on to contribute significantly to the fields of neuroscience and biology. Menaker was a profound thinker, listener and integrator of knowledge. He was charismatic and a delight to be around. He was very open and readily shared both his intellectual and political experience and opinions with his students and peers. All of these qualities contributed greatly to his success. But perhaps his most important talent was his belief in his own judgment and his ‘nose’ for interesting biological questions. He was a rare and precious leader and pioneer. Mike will truly be missed by all of his friends, colleagues and family. Mike is survived by his daughter, Ellen Briones, his son, Nicholas Menaker, and his grandchildren, Demetris, Nikkita and Izzy. I feel extremely fortunate and grateful for Mike’s unwavering support and friendship all these years. It is truly an honor to be part of the Menaker family.
Past President SRBR