Joellen Lewtas Jungers (Lewtas)
Dear Bob: I am so sorry for the loss of the love of your life--and YOU were the love of Joellen's--she told me that so many times. You were so perfect for her -- an ideal contrast of stability and steadiness to her high-energy, rapid-fire trajectory through life.
Bob, words will never be adequte to tell you how much Joellen meant to me. When she was able to get a position for a genetic toxicologist, Larry Claxton kindly and thoughtfully suggested to her that she try to hire me. The rest is history--I owe my career to her. Even to this day, much of the work I am doing derives from her creative genius and the training and mentoring she provided to me. I have acknowledged Joellen countless times in my various talks and presentations around the world over the decades because without her, our whole team at EPA could not have done what we did.
Joellen left an enormous legacy. I was priviledged during these past few years to help coauthor the IARC Monographs on Indoor Air, on Outdoor Air, and Diesel Exhaust. For all three of these evironmental agents, we were able to declare as human carcinogens, and much of the evidence for those conclusions rests on the work that Joellen and her whole team did for more than 25 years. It is an enormous legacy that translated into a huge improvement in public health not just in the U.S. but worldwide. (The reason we do not have a huge fleet of diesel automobiles in the U.S. is due almost solely to the work that Joellen and Larry did--and Joellen's tenacious efforts to make sure that the policy decisions reflected the science).
Joellen's enthusiasm for science and love of life and optistimistic spirit were infectious. She had a lasting influence on dozens of us and a huge impact on the public welfare in this country. We were all honored to know and work with her.
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. But know that Joellen lives on with the legacy of her work. Thanks for sharing her with us.
Bob and family,
It is just 25 ys when I met Joellen for the first time during EMS workshop in Washington,D.C. Which was the starting point of our later very fruitful collaboration. Over the years, we were able to create together with Blanka a real friendship with Joellen and you. As you know we do remember our happy days in North Carolina, when all of us were together.
You have probably no idea, how important was our relationship for our scientific progress to establish the field of molecular epidemiology in the Czech Republic.
We are extremely grateful to Joellen for all her enthusiasm.
We do pray for Joellen, she will already stay in our hearts.
Blanka Binkova and Radim Sram
I am so sorry to hear about Joellen's passing. She was a delightful person.
I will never forget our times in San Felipe, and our trip to El Golfo!
Joellen was always a pleasure and so enthusiastic about anything she did.
We will all miss her.
Dear Bob, We were so sorry to hear about Joellen. She was a great mentor and friend to all of us at the University of Washington. Thoughts and prayers from everyone involved with the UW Diesel School Bus Study.
Bob and family,
I was saddened to hear this news - Joellen has been missed by her colleagues at the University of Washington, and we note her many contributions, both scientific and personal. She was a delight and an inspiration to work with and to be around.
I am grateful for the time she could spend with us, and wish you healing and peace going forward.