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My sincere condolences to the family of the late Dr. John Roder, whom I had been given the privileged to work with (along with Dr. Joseph Culotti) for close to three years at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Mt. Sinai Hospital Toronto). When you share an office with someone as I did with John you get to really know a person. Although saddened I do concur with his family that, in light of his suffering and a growing inability for him to do what he loved to do the most (research), his passing appears as a blessing. Of his legacy, I think on one word: inspiration. He inspired me to complete my PhD); he has inspired me to publish, to travel, to be creative, and to draw from varied disciplinary perspectives. He enjoyed, for example reading/learning from varied disciplines, related to neuroscience and beyond, making room on his bookshelf for example the writings of Shakespeare. He tremendously enjoyed going on canoe trips with members of his lab, as a way to build teamwork. He enjoyed attending and presenting at conferences. A thinker, a life-long learner, a scholar, a listener, a leader these attributes predominately stand out in my mind as to who John (Dr. Roder) was. While attending my wedding his advice to me was just say yes dear. This is perhaps the best advice I have received from anyone. Thank you John. Indeed, as a friend, he is genuinely missed.
Our deepest condolences to the family. We had the honor to meet John while working in the research labs at University Hospital, London, ON, and knew from our daily interactions that he was destined for greatness.
I remember talking to you at our family picnic. Despite some difficulty talking, you were able to convey your thoughts clearly. I could see that your work meant a lot to you. A memorable conversation.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with John several years ago and recalled his razor sharp attention to detail when conducting some key experiments for the paper. I was particularly impressed as it was in an area slightly tangent to his speciality yet he could provide insightful ideas for it. A great scientist and nice gentleman who will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
John meant so much to the neuroscience community here. He will be greatly missed, and always remembered for his generosity, sense of purpose, and good humor.
Dr. Roder was a fantastic scientist and I distinctly remember meeting him when I was a postdoc and in my first few years as a junior faculty member. He was so kind and inspiring to me since we worked in the same scientific area, he will be deeply missed. We need more senior mentors like him.
My heartfelt sympathy to Mary Lou and family along with John's sisters Ruth Anne and Mary Lou.. I have not seen John for nearly 40 years, time moves so quickly in this lifetime. I have very fond memories of John playing ball with my brother John and our many adventures in Arkona. Sharing rides with John on his motorcycle, awaiting his return home in a box at Christmas to surprise the love of his life Mary Lou ! Always under the watching and caring eyes of his Mother Helen. I remember how tragic it was for John and his family when they suffered with John SR and Huntingtons ! What a huge loss. I had no idea John had devoted his life to research out of his desire to acquire knowledge and love for his family ! What an amazing person I was able to share my childhood with !! Thank you Johnny Roder, Dr Roder, job well done !! May you rest in the arms of your parents, and grand parents. My deepest condolences to all his family.. may you find comfort in the happy and joyful days with John !! Sincerely Marjorie(Lambie) Emery
John was a brilliant scientist with a wonderful quirky sense of humour. I will always remember time spent with John and Mary Lou with a smile. John set a positive example for all of us, in so many ways.
Of the nearly 20 years I worked in Canada, the years in John's lab were the most inspirational. My heartfelt condolences.
John was my sister's son and the first grandchild in the Eastman family. Loved by all that knew him and yes such a loss in the field of medicine he was in. Being the youngest in our family he was the baby that I longed for my mother to have.At b12 you do not realize their is a limit after 9 births. Loved looking after him many times and never a burden. Forever in my heart Aunt Anne

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