A professional society dedicated to fostering and promoting research, education, and communication in the scientific understanding of seeds.

Prof. Patricia Berjak

With great sorrow, ISSS informs you of the death of Professor Patricia Berjak on 21st January. She has served the Society as President Elect from 2005 to 2008 and as President from 2008 until 2011. We will all remember Pat for her scientific impact in the field of recalcitrant seed biology and for the advancement of Botany in South Africa.

We will all miss her dearly.

Fran├žoise Corbineau, President

 

OBITUARY-Professor Patricia Berjak

Comments

  1. Dr Marian D. QUAIN says:

    It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I met Pat in Ghana in 2002. She virtually turned my carrier around an supervised me my PHD research in her lab in RSA. Having completed my PHD in 2007 using cryopreservation tool for vegetative tissues, I am currently head of Biotechnology program and in Division in my institute in Ghana. I refer to her as my academic mother and mentor and do take a lot of pride in having been associated with her. I wished we had had her around for a little longer.

  2. Pavel Reddy says:

    As there are so many of us who had the privilege of being taught and mentored by dear Pat, it is truly with great sadness that I heard of her passing today.
    From my very first year as a keen biologist at UND, Pat made a HUGE impression on me, both academically and personally (I’m still afraid to make a spelling error!) over the course of 25 years.
    Many will remember Pat as a unique scientist, and there are also many who experienced her warmth and generosity.
    She will be sorely missed.
    Go well, dear friend, go well!

  3. WHAT A GREAT SHOCK. I WAS ONLY A DRIVER AT THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY INRA LOCATED IN ACCRA WHERE PROF BERJAK WAS ONE OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS. SHE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN ME IN THE WAY I DO MY JOB AND WILL ALWAYS SAY NICE WORDS TO ME. I REMEMBER AT ONE OF HER MEETINGS HERE IN ACCRA SHE ARRIVED WITHOUT HER LUGGAGE TILL SHE RETURNED HOME. I DID ALL I COULD TO GET IT FOR HER AND SENT IT TO HER BASE IN SOUTH AFRICA,
    THIS WAS THE TIME SHE BECAME SO CLOSE TO ME. SHE WROTE ME A FANTASTIC LETTER WHICH I HAVE TREASURED UP TILL NOW. LAST YEAR MY WIFE WAS TAKEN ILL AND WE HAVE TO TAKE HER ON A MEDICAL EVACUATION TO THE MILPARK HOSPITAL IN JOHANNESBURG AND PROF ALL SHE COULD TO MAKE OUR STAY COMFORTABLE. SHE MAKES SURE SHE SENDS ME MONEY AND WHEN MY WIFE DIED SHE SHOWED A LOT OF PAIN FOR ME AND COMFORTED ME TILL I RETURNED WITH MY WIFE’S BODY TO GHANA EVEN THAT SHE FOLLOWED WITH PHONE CALLS.
    I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REACH HER TO NO AVAIL SINCE JANUARY. I WRITE TO HER AND SHE WILL NOT REPLY WHICH IS NOT THE STYLE OF MY PROF. I ONLY TODAY THE 12TH OF MAY THAT I GOOGLED ONLY TO KNOW PROF. BERJAK IS GONE. AM SO SAD AND SHOCKED TO THE BONE.WHAT A GOOD WOMAN. MAY THE SHE REST IN THE BOSOM OF THE LORD. SHE HAS SERVED VERY WELL AND THE WORLD WILL MISS HER.I CANT STOP CRYING. PROF.

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