Richard Weil Siegel, age 90, died peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa, April 9. Born in New York City in 1924, he was professor of genetics at UCLA from 1955-1988. His lifelong passions included learning and teaching, micro-organisms, firefighting, history, seafaring, sailing, cigars, and sports. He leaves, besides myriad unnamed students and those they in turn taught, his wife Catherine Boris Siegel and their children Eve Marcovitch (Zach) and Joshwa. He also leaves from two prior marriages his children Jonathan (Carolyn), Danica, Jennifer, and Thomas (Kim), and six grandchildren. Daughter Jane preceded him in death. He had a profound love of life - a child's kind of amusement and wonderment, infused with wisdom. He won't regret missing his own funeral but offered us the following in advance, titled "My Obituary": Higgeldy Piggeldy Biology's Siegel - Lectured genetics and Frequently joked. Studied some ciliates, Tackled conidia Learning and signals in flies And then croaked!
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2014