INIES MANDL

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MANDL--Ines, Ph.D.

Professor Biochemistry, Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief Connective Tissue Research 1972-86. Ines Mandl, a dearly loved cousin, friend and colleague died August 5, 2016. Born Ines Hochmuth in Vienna, April 19, 1917, she married Hans Mandl in 1936. At the time of the Anschluss, she was stranded in Cork, Ireland where she remained for the duration of the War. During that time she switched her considerable talent for fashion and languages to begin her lifelong love of science studying chemistry at the University of Cork (she was drawn to the library because it provided heat). In 1945 Ines and Hans flew to New York City with ten one dollar bills sewn into the lining of their clothes. She soon began attending the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn (now NYU Tandon), becoming the first woman to receive a doctorate in chemistry in 1949. A leader in research on enzymes and elastic tissue, Ines was probably the best-known female biochemist of her generation. Awards for her achievements are numerous and include the Carl Neuberg Medal, the Garvan Medal, Austrian Honor First Class for Science and Art and Golden Honor for Merit, City of Vienna. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Chemical Society and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, she participated in many international symposia and had gained a worldwide reputation when she retired in 1986. Her generous donations over the years have culminated in her creation of the Ines Mandl Research Foundation www.mandlresearch.org to carry on her lifelong mission of finding cures for connective tissue disease. Her retirement years were spent traveling extensively (often accompanied by Chris Gorton and his family), including regular stops in Torremolinos, Vienna, New York and her beloved Maui. Always flying economy, (not even averse to the middle seat) she amazed her friends with her independence, relentless curiosity, pleasure in small things and encyclopedic memory. She leaves her Italian cousins Egle Schreiber, Graziella Jona, Marianne Bassan and Elisa Bassan and will also be missed greatly by her many friends the world over. Memorial service to be announced.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 7, 2016