Sydney Kustu, who died at 71 on March 18, 2014.

Professor Emerita Sydney Kustu, a distinguished faculty member in UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, died in Berkeley on March 18 on her 71st birthday. Kustu was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was instrumental in the revitalization of the field of microbiology on the Berkeley campus. She is remembered by colleagues and students as one of the world’s and leading microbiologists, a dedicated teacher and a generous mentor. Read her obituary written by the College of Natural Resources where she worked, published in Berkeleyside’s Obituaries section.

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