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.
Dr. Kevin Willison