Rich Korszun

I would like to say a few words about Rich (Zbigniew Richard) Korszun, who died unexpectedly and prematurely this last March 1997. In the late 80's, Rich Korszun started organizing a group to explore prospects for building a beamline at the APS for small angle x-ray scattering and x-ray absorption fine structure on biological systems, to be called SAXSXAS-CAT (the first palindromic CAT). This original organizing group, and Rich's letter of intent were what got the foot in the door for the project that evolved into what is now called BioCAT. It is doubtful that we would be where we are today if it weren't for Rich's efforts in the early stages.

I knew Rich while working and collaborating with him at Britton Chance's Institute for Structural and Functional Studies (ISFS) in Philadelphia in the mid 80's, when we were working on building beamline X9 at the NSLS, and he and I did XAFS experiments at CHESS. Rich liked to try new things - as a protein crystallographer he did early work on MAD phasing, he did the first (to my knowledge) biological EXAFS at CHESS (when he was a postdoc for Keith Moffat), he participated in shuttle microgravity experiments, neutron scattering, and a wide variety of other activities.

Rich did his Ph.D. work with Ray Salemme at U. Arizona, Tucson; postdoc at Cornell with Keith Moffat; he joined the ISFS group in Philadelphia; in the late 80's took a faculty position at U. Wisconsin, Parkside; then a position at the Brookhaven National Labs. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and his daughters Bethany and Helen.

On a personal level, Rich was an intentionally outrageous, funny, exasperating, smart, creative guy, who really loved thinking about, talking about, and most of all, doing science. He will be missed.

Grant Bunker