Dr. Gots, Microbiology
Dr. Joseph Gots, professor emeritus of microbiology, died April 16 of a stroke in Silver Spring, MD at age 88.
Raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Gots earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1938 from Temple, and both master’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology from Penn in 1941 and 1949 respectively.
Dr. Gots joined Penn’s faculty as an assistant professor of microbiology in 1951. Four years later he was promoted to associate professor of microbiology in medicine and in 1963 was promoted to professor. Dr. Gots gained emeritus status in 1987, but continued to teach until he suffered a stroke in 1993.
While at Penn, Dr. Gots conducted research on genetics. He is noted as being among the first microbiologists to study modern genetics, before much was known about DNA. Dr. Gots was a 1968 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also headed the 25-Year Club during the 1980-81 academic year.
Dr. Gots is survived by his wife Selma; son, Ronald; daughter, Lynne; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Riderwood Village, 3110 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring, MD.
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Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 32, May 2, 2006
May 2, 2006
Volume 52 Number 32