Beets' death is the close of a fabulous era in the history of biology, the premonitor of the age of molecular biology.
I have not been very close to either of you during the past 30 years; but I know what a trial the last decade has been, and
I do want to offer my sympathies and condolences.
The APS has asked if I would write a brief memoir -- as I did after Ed Tatum died. I am sure there are carefully preserved
archives at Pasadena and Chicago; and I trust others are reminding you, praying that you will deposit any further of Beets'
papers there or with the Genetics collection of the APS. (If I can be of any guidance please call on me, as I have become
a history buff and have the stewardship of the Rockefeller Archive Center as one of my lighter responsibilities.) In any case
it may be some time before such materials are processed and released for scholarly use. They will be invaluable for the full
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I hope will be forthcoming eventually.
That is not my task, which is that if a brief memoir. I do ask whether you have any account of Beets' activities after
he retired from the U. of Chicago that I should know about.
But I apologize for this extra burden at a difficult time.
There remains only a small handful of us who can remember the excitement of the first discoveries 1937-1941 and I want to
be able to inscribe my own testimony while that remains possible.
P.S. I will be retiring as president here next year but will then have another 5 years again as professor.