In Memoriam: Dr. Jonathan Widom

It is with profound sadness that the Northwestern University Physical Sciences-Oncology Center announces that our leader, colleague, and mentor, Professor Jonathan Widom, passed away suddenly on Monday afternoon following an apparent heart attack. At the time of his death, Dr. Widom was the William Deering Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Chemistry at Northwestern, the Director of the NU Keck Biophysics Facility, and the Principal Investigator for the PS-OC.

With Dr. Widom’s passing, we have lost both a major intellectual force and a valued member of our community. Jon’s rigorous approach to scientific questions of fundamental importance informed the ethos of our Center, and his passion for research served as an inspiration to his friends, colleagues, and students. A scientist of the highest caliber, Jon earned substantial international recognition for his work on chromatin packaging and gene regulation. Yet his personal modesty and exceptionally high standards prevented him from taking much credit for his outstanding contributions. Rather than seeking the spotlight for himself, he preferred instead to serve as a dedicated and generous mentor who enthusiastically praised the talents and contributions of all who worked with him.

Jon is survived by his parents, Ben and Joanne, of Ithaca, NY, and a brother and a sister. Burial will be private but condolences may be sent to: The Widom Family, 204 The Parkway, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Donations can be made to Northwestern University to endow the “Jonathan Widom Lectures in Molecular Biosciences.”  Checks should be payable to Northwestern University in honor of Jonathan Widom and mailed to Catrina Dagostino, senior director of development, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, 2020 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60208-4308

Online donations may be made at Select “Make a Gift”, then under “My Designation” enter “In honor of Jonathan Widom”. For further information contact (847) 491-4583.

Donations can also be made to the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Please specify this is a commemorative gift in honor of Jonathan Widom.