Daniel Lockshon

Daniel Lockshon

Nov. 1, 1955 ~ Feb. 10, 2013

Daniel died unexpectedly of a stroke at his home in Richmond, California. Son of Sol Lockshon and Helen (Gamer) Lockshon, Dan was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Bayside, Queens, NYC, and, in 1976, moved to Seattle, where he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. In 1987, he married K. Margo Murphy, of Seattle; they had one daughter, Laura N. M. Lockshon.

A molecular biologist for many years at the University of Washington and more recently the Buck Institute in California, Dan studied a variety of biological questions in organisms ranging from yeast to mammals. Most recently, he made key discoveries toward understanding how cells maintain the fluidity of their membranes. Dan loved doing science, and was driven by the pure pursuit of knowledge, often taking unique approaches to questions in cell biology and genetics and delighting in the discussions that his work engendered.

Dan was passionate about his activist politics as well as old-time stringband music, where he was always in demand for his powerful rhythm guitar playing. He especially loved playing guitar for square dances and accompanying his daughter and her mother's duet-singing.

Dan is survived by the apple of his eye, his daughter Laura N. M. Lockshon, of Portland, OR; his sister Paula Lockshon and sister-in-law Ilene Cutler, of High Falls, NY; and Margo Murphy, of Seattle, WA. Dan was loved also by his nephews, Silas, Sean and Peter J.; and nieces, Brianna Siobhan and Tolle; and a host of long-time friends. Special condolences to Dan's dear friend Pat Reed, and to his close music family of band-mates in The Queen City Bulldogs and the Blogtrotters.

A memorial celebration will be held March 23, 2pm, at Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA. All are welcome. Contact Molly Tenenbaum at mbtenny@gmail.com for further details.

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 18, 2013